WICHITA | The last accused conspirator in a scheme to steal more than $2 million in athletics tickets at the University of Kansas is due in court.
A change-of-plea hearing is set for Thursday in federal court in Wichita for Ben Kirtland. The Lenexa man was associate athletic director of development in charge of fundraising for the nonprofit group that promotes Jayhawk athletics.
The other six defendants ensnared in the scheme already have entered guilty pleas in deals with federal prosecutors for cooperation that they hope will bring them leniency at sentencing.
Five defendants were charged with a single count of conspiracy for wire fraud, evading taxes and transportation of stolen goods.
Two others who cooperated early with investigators last year were charged with failing to tell authorities about the scheme.