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Former KU athletics official sentenced to prison

WICHITA | The highest-ranking University of Kansas official caught in a ticket scalping conspiracy will spend nearly 57 months in prison for his part in a scheme the cost the university at least $2 million.

Ben Kirtland, the former associate athletic director in charge of development, was sentenced Thursday and ordered to make restitution of more than $1.28 million. He also must pay $85,000 to the IRS. U.S District Judge Wesley Brown also imposed a $2 million forfeiture judgment.

The 54-year-old Kirtland of Lenexa was in charge of fundraising for the nonprofit group that promotes Jayhawk athletics. He is the last of seven defendants to be sentenced in the scheme.

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