Former KU ticket office consultant sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison

WICHITA, Kansas - Thomas Blubaugh's part in a sports ticket scheme at the University of Kansas ended with a 46-month prison sentence and more than a million dollars in restitution.

A federal judge handed down that sentence Tuesday morning in a Wichita courtroom.

Blubaugh, 47, of Medford, Oklahoma, is the third person to receive a federal prison sentence in the scandal that involved stolen tickets to university sports events.

The crime involved stealing tickets and giving them to co-defendants to sell to third parties, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Wichita.

The tickets were sold with the help of ticket brokers and individuals, according to the release.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said $2 million worth of tickets were diverted.

Thomas Blubaugh paid travel expenses for a middle man to market the stolen tickets through brokers in Oklahoma, according to the news release.

The judge ordered Blubaugh to pay $841,111 to KU and more than $260,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

His wife, Charlotte Blubaugh, 44, will be sentenced Thursday for her part in the scandal.

A final defendant, Ben Kirtland, 54, of Lenexa, will be sentenced May 12.

Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy.



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