WICHITA, Kansas - Four former University of Kansas officials charged with
conspiring to steal more than $2 million in tickets to athletic
events have pleaded not guilty.
The four appeared Wednesday in federal court in Wichita, nearly
three weeks after they were indicted with conspiring to steal
individual and season tickets to sporting events. They face federal
charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Entering not guilty pleas Wednesday were former associate
athletic director Charlette Blubaugh, who was in charge of the
ticket office; her husband, Thomas Blubaugh; former assistant
athletic director Rodney Jones, of Lawrence; and former associate
athletic director Ben Kirtland.
They were released on a $25,000 own-recognizance bond.
A fifth defendant, Lawrence resident Kassie Liebsch, did not
appear, but a change-of-plea hearing for her was set for Jan.