TOPEKA, Kansas - Five former employees at the University of Kansas have been indicted for their alleged roles in a scandal that involved more than $2 million in tickets, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
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The indictment alleges tickets to Kansas basketball, football and other athletic events were stolen and sold by ticket brokers or third parties. Named in the indictment are:
Blubaugh is accused of stealing season tickets for the athletic events and giving them to Kirkland, Jones, Liebsch, Brendan Simmons and Jason Jeffries to sell to third parties. Simmons and Jeffries, who have pleaded guilty to related federal offenses , are not named as defendants in this indictment
The conspirators allegedly made between $3 and $5 million on the scheme.
According to the indictment, in order to divert tickets, the conspirators:
The indictment seeks a money judgment of between $3 million and $5 million, representing the value of the stolen tickets.
If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million each.
"I have been a loyal Jayhawk fan for more than 60 years. I think it is a sad and egregious reflection on the recently retired athletic directors administration," said Fred LaMar.
He is a KU season ticket holder and a member of the Williams Educational Fund.
Former KU Athletic Director, Lew Perkins, was not named in the indictment.
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