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    federal prosecutor pushed Tuesday for substantial prison time for two University of Kansas ticket scandal defendants who are scheduled to be sentenced in Wichita this week.While lawyers for Kassie Liebsch, 28, and Rodney Jones, 42, on Monday filed court papers asking for probation, prosecutor Richard L. Hathaway responded with recommendations for sentences of 37 months and 46 months, respectively.
    Liebsch, the former athletic department ticket director, is scheduled for sentencing Wednesday. Jones, who once directed the Williams Educational Fund, will appear Thursday.
    Liebsch, Jones and three others were charged last year with stealing at least $2 million worth of university basketball and football tickets between 2005 and 2010 and selling them to ticket brokers in Kansas City and Oklahoma.
    Two other former athletic department staffers, Jason Jeffries and Brandon Simmons, have pleaded guilty to not reporting the thefts and were sentenced to probation.
    All except Liebsch resigned during an internal investigation into the matter. She remained on the job in Lawrence until federal prosecutors announced charges last year. In his pleading, Hathaway said that conduct should be held against Liebsch, arguing, “(She) retained her employment with KU under false pretenses, resigning only after the return of the indictment in this case.”
    Hathaway also contended that Liebsch lied to KU investigators, claiming only to have received a few thousand dollars in loans from Jones. She pleaded guilty to receiving about $100,000 from the ticket scheme; Hathaway claimed the dollar figure was closer to $300,000.
    Court records have alleged that Jones took about $1.2 million out of the scam, some of which he shared with Liebsch.
    The prosecutor criticized Jones’ conduct in the case, saying that he lavished the money on a Country Club Plaza apartment and “an extensive rolling party scene that persevered for five years.”
    “In the wake of his crime … he decimated an athletic department and deprived the University of Kansas and its students of revenues from these tickets, which otherwise would have gone toward student scholarships, housing and other financial benefits to the student body,” Hathaway wrote. “Further, (Jones) and his conspirators damaged the goodwill and reputation of the University of Kansas, (which) will remain a blemish on this fine institution for years to come.”
    In arguing for probation, lawyers representing both Liebsch and Jones wrote that neither was likely to offend again and both have the support of family and friends. And without prison, each could begin paying off more quickly any restitution ordered by the court, lawyers argued.
    Rodney threw his cash around like he didn't care. Throwing coke fueled ragers that were legendary on the party circuit of KC.

  • #2
    Now you tell me about the coke fueled ragers.


    • #3
      like eggroll?


      • #4
        But what about Lew?


        • #5
          Originally posted by dominatindj11 View Post
          But what about Lew?
          Never saw him at Rodney's coke fueled ragers. Image of big Lew's beak vacuuming up centimeter wide lines of white is pretty humorous, though.