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Five charged in Kansas ticket scandal

Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 1:02 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Back in June of 2009, David Freeman, a developer in Lawrence,Kansas, was found guilty of bank fraud.  In an effort to have his sentence reduced, Freeman then provided the prosecution with the story of a ticket scam taking place at Kansas involving basketball and football tickets being scalped from within the Kansas athletic department.  Eventually five members of the school resigned thanks to the investigation that Kansas had begun into the situation using a Wichita-based firm in March of 2010.

Those five members were ticket office manager Charlotte Blubaugh, athletic department employee and former ticket office manager Rodney Jones, associate athletic director Ben Kirtland, assistant AD for sales and marketing Brandon Simmons and assistant director of ticket operations Jason Jeffries. Now those five have all been charged in a scandal that saw them scalp more than $2 million in tickets to Kansas sporting events.
Prosecutors said the scheme included entering false information into a computer system designed to prevent tickets from being stolen, paying kickbacks to third parties not connected to the ticket office to sell tickets, and concealing the receipt of outside income on reports required by the NCAA. 

The report released earlier this year said five Kansas athletics staffers and a consultant — none of whom still work for the university — sold or used at least 17,609 men’s basketball tickets, 2,181 football tickets and a number of parking passes and other passes for personal purposes. 

The report showed that more than $887,000 in basketball tickets and more than $122,000 worth of football tickets were involved.

All in all, it's believed that the five made somewhere between $3 million and $5 million over five years while running the scam.  Which is an awful lot of money to make, particularly off of Kansas football.

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:30 pm

Five charged in Kansas ticket scandal

Zing! Kansas football is terrible, that was the point of this article right? Good!

KU football fans can officially put their brand new (3 years old but only worn for three games, tags still on them) Kansas football shirts and hats back in the closet for another 30 years. Man you fans were ugly that one year though. Karma baby!

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