A timeline of events related to the ticket scandal at Kansas University.
Created by LJWorld on Sep 7, 2010
Last updated: 05/12/11 at 11:19 AM
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The man who led fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc. for more than five years is headed to prison for his role in a ticket-selling scheme that drained at least $2 million from the department and cost some donors opportunities for the seats they deserved at Allen Fieldhouse.
Charlette Blubaugh, a former associate athletics director at Kansas Athletics Inc., was sentenced Thursday to 57 months in prison for her role in a ticket-theft scheme and conspiracy that prosecutors say cost the department at least $2 million.
Tom Blubaugh was sentenced to 46 months in prison, plus three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Rodney Jones, who had led the ticket office for Kansas Athletics Inc. before becoming assistant athletics director for the Williams Fund, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison. He had pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Kassie Liebsch, 28, was sentenced to 37 months in prison, after having pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries will spend the next two years trying to pay back some of the thousands of dollars they took illegally from Kansas Athletics Inc. and, by extension, season-ticket holders, Kansas University fans and Jayhawk supporters overall.
Ben Kirtland, the onetime leader of fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc., pleaded guilty in federal court for his role in a ticket scam that cost the department millions of dollars.
Tom Blubaugh pleaded guilty to his role in a scam to steal tickets and share in more than $2 million of illegal proceeds generated by selling KU basketball and football tickets through brokers and others.
Charlette Blubaugh pleaded guilty Thursday morning to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, a crime that carries a potential prison term of 20 years. She now is responsible for paying up to $2 million to the government, to cover her share of ill-gotten gains.
Rodney D. Jones, 42, who was one of the first individuals publicly connected to the scandal, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a scheme that prosecutors say involved the theft and resale of $2 million worth of tickets to KU athletic events.
Former assistant athletic director Rodney Jones has struck an apparent plea deal in his role in an alleged conspiracy to steal more than $2 million in sports tickets.
Kassie Liebsch, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Kansas University chose a man with deep local roots to be its next athletic director when it announced Sunday that Illinois State’s Sheahon Zenger has been hired.
Four of the five former Kansas University officials indicted in connection with the ongoing federal investigation of the athletics ticketing operation pleaded not guilty to one count of wire fraud.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas announced charges against five current and former Kansas Athletics officials accused of stealing tickets from KU.
Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries, who admitted stealing tickets from Kansas Athletics Inc., asked that their sentencings be delayed for at least six months, so they can spend more time helping federal prosecutors build cases against others suspected in the crimes.
KU announced that Lew Perkins would retire effective immediately. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little named Sean Lester the interim athletics director.
Brandon Simmons, 30, pleaded guilty to not notifying authorities of the scam in a timely manner, a felony formally known as misprision. The plea came in U.S. District Court in Wichita, inside the same courtroom where former colleague Jason Jeffries had entered an identical plea a day earlier.
Jason Jeffries, former assistant director of ticket operations, pleaded guilty to committing a misprision, a felony punishable by up to three years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a year of supervised release in Wichita.
David Freeman reported to an Arkansas facility to begin serving his 18-month prison sentence. Freeman's disclosures to federal investigators led to KU uncovering a theft of nearly 20,000 athletics tickets worth up to $3 million
Lew Perkins announced Thursday, June 10 that he would retire on Sept. 4, 2011. The announcement came in the middle of Big 12 Conference realignment panic and an investigation into illegal activities
A Kansas University internal review of a former employee’s claims against Athletics Director Lew Perkins found “no evidence” to substantiate them. The results of the review focused on three claims made by former Kansas Athletics employee William Dent in an article published in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
The Journal-World learned that Lew Perkins missed a portion of the Big 12 meetings because he was testifying in Topeka before a federal grand jury regarding the university’s ticket scandal. Perkins was not the target of the inquiry, sources who requested to remain anonymous said; rather, he was a subpoenaed witness representing the athletic department.
Gov. Mark Parkinson said he is “very disturbed” about the ticket scandal at the Kansas University athletic department.
“I expect an aggressive investigation and serious consequences to take place as a result of the scandal,” he said.
The Kansas Board of Regents spent time discussing the possible future of KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins' job at the university.
Questions were raised by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission about whether Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins violated a state ethics law that prohibits government employees from accepting many types of loans or gifts.
A Yahoo! Sports article published just after 1 a.m. alleged that Rodney Jones and high-profile alum Roger Morningstar made over $800,000 in a ticket scalping operation that was orchestrated by David and Dana Pump.
A Wichita-based law firm discovered that five KU Athletics employees and one consultant improperly used and sold over $1 million in football and basketball tickets. KU Athletics released the results of the internal investigation
Charlette Blubaugh resigned from her position as executive administrative assistant to the athletic director at the University of Central Oklahoma following the release of KU's internal report. Blubaugh resigned from KU on Feb. 3.
Despite his willingness to answer questions related to the KU ticket scandal, developer David Freeman was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Information provided by Freeman spurred an internal investigation into the department's Williams Educational Fund and athletics ticket office.
On April 21, it was announced that Rodney Jones resigned as assistant athletics director of the Williams Educational Fund. Jones was the third person to leave the department after the ticket scandal emerged amid the ongoing federal investigation and internal review.
On April 16, 2010, Lew Perkins and his attorney filed a police report identifying Perkins as the victim of blackmail. The report didn't surface until May 29.
Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute, asks KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins questions about the ongoing federal investigation into the athletics department.
Ben Kirtland, the man in charge of all fundraising for KU Athletics, resigned in the midst of the internal investigation into operations of the KU Ticket Office and Williams Educational Fund.
KU announced an internal and federal investigation into illegal activities regarding the distribution of athletics tickets.
Lew Perkins placed Rodney Jones, assistant athletics director for the Williams fund, on administrative leave. At the time, KU officials did not disclose the reasons for Jones' leave, but it was later revealed that he was involved in the federal investigation.
KU fans were able to spend less and see more football with the university's new ticket prices. The average game ticket cost $5 less for the lowest package for season tickets.
David Freeman pleaded guilty Tuesday, June 30 to conspiring to commit bank fraud in connection with an anticipated building boom in Junction City.