Last defendant in KU ticket scam pleads guilty

Lenexa man faces sentencing in May

WICHITA, Kansas - The last defendant in a scheme to steal more than $2 million in athletics tickets at the University of Kansas has admitted his role in the conspiracy.

Associate athletic director of development Ben Kirtland pleaded guilty without any deal with prosecutors to conspiracy for wire fraud, evading taxes and transportation of stolen goods.

The 54-year-old Lenexa man faces sentencing on May 12.

Prosecutors say Kirtland underreported his income by $120,000 to $216,000 on 2006 to 2008 tax returns. Prosecutors say after an investigation started, Kirtland amended his tax returns but still underreported his income by at least $39,000.

Defense attorney Robin Fowler says his client deeply regrets the embarrassment he caused his family and the University of Kansas.