Former KU ticket employee sentenced to 37 months in federal prison

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A former systems analyst at the University of Kansas ticket office was sentenced to 37 months in prison for her part in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy.

Kassie Liebsch cried as she was sentenced Wednesday to prison instead of the probation her attorneys had asked the judge to impose. The 28-year-old Lawrence woman was also ordered to pay, along with her co-defendants, $1.27 in restitution and a $2 million forfeiture. She also was ordered to pay the Internal Revenue Service $79,863.

In a tearful courtroom statement, Liebsch apologized while acknowledged being an active participant in something she knew was wrong.

Seven people were charged with illegally selling football and basketball season tickets to ticket brokers and others, and then pocketing the money. All pleaded guilty.