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Ex-Kansas consultant gets 4 years for ticket scam

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Stitch, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Basically you can rape someone and just a few more years in jail than someone who operates a ticket scalping operation. Just another case of how of whack our criminal system is.

    Don't get me wrong, this was a crime, but either up the penalties for violent crime or cut this guy loose.

  2. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    Former Kansas Athletics official asks for less than 5 years in prison; claims KU didn’t actually lose any money from ticket scam

    April 8, 2011

    Wichita — A key official at the University of Kansas during a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy claimed in a court document filed Friday that the school did not actually lose any money "in spite of the pilferage" because those tickets would not have been sold anyway.

    Charlette Blubaugh, the former associate athletic director in charge of the ticket office, made the claims in a court document seeking no more than a 57-month prison term — at the low end of the advisory sentencing guideline — when she is sentenced on Thursday.

    Her defense attorney, John Rapp, wrote that there is no question that his client stole tickets from Kansas Athletics Inc., the nonprofit which promotes Kansas athletics, but he argued that often those were so-called hold tickets used to correct last-minute seating problems that would not have been sold. The filing also claimed it "appeared likely" that no one was denied a ticket by her illegal conduct.

    Blubaugh, 44, of Medford, Okla., told U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown in her filing that the Williams Education Fund, the university's fundraising arm, actually increased its donations during her time there because the staff used numerous hold tickets correctly to obtain increased donations.

    "The priority points ticket system Ms. Blubaugh helped establish at KAI worked in spite of this conspiracy," according to the defense filing. "Revenue increased in spite of the pilferage."

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