Government Opposes Ex-KU Consultant Sentencing Bid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Prosecutors are opposing a request by a former consultant for the University of Kansas to have his sentence shortened for his part in a ticket scalping conspiracy that he helped conceal.

Thomas Blubaugh is asking that his 46-month sentence be reduced
to 33 months.

The government argued in a court filing Wednesday that Blubaugh's request must fall on "disbelieving ears." It urged U.S. District Judge Monti Belot to deny the request because it is without merit.

Blubaugh argues the court improperly considered the value of tickets he had hidden in private storage. He also claims he had ineffective counsel and was promised probation.

Blubaugh and his wife, Charlette, the university's former ticket director, were among seven people convicted in a scheme that cost
the university athletic department $2 million.

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