Former KU ticket office official sentenced to 57 months

WICHITA, Kansas - The former associate athletic director who was in charge of the KU ticket office during the scandal was sentenced in federal court Thursday.

Charlette Blubaugh pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. She admitted to stealing $2 million worth of tickets to KU athletic events.

Blubaugh said she would steal the tickets and give them to her co-defendants Brendan Simmons, Jason Jeffries, Ben Kirtland, Rodney Dale Jones and Kassie Liebsch. They would then sell the tickets for a profit.

Blubaugh was sentenced to 57 months in federal price and ordered to pay more than $2.2 million to KU in restitution and over $268,000 to the IRS.

Blubaugh's husband, Thomas, was previously sentenced to 46 months for a conspiracy charge. Jones and Liebsch pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and were sentenced to 46 and 37 months respectively.

Simmons and Jeffries pleaded guilty to concealing a felony and were both sentenced to two years probation. The judge also ordered restitution for both. Simmons has to pay $157,840 and Jeffries will pay $56,000.

Jones is the only co-defendant that has not been sentenced. His sentencing is set for May 12.

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