WICHITA, Kan.—Former assistant athletics director Rodney Jones used his take from a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy at the University of Kansas to give himself a luxurious lifestyle that would otherwise have been beyond his reach, prosecutors said Tuesday.
In a court filing seeking a 46-month prison sentence,
prosecutors argued that Jones maintained an apartment on the Plaza
in Kansas City, Mo. and frittered money away on an "extensive
rolling party scene" that lasted for five years.
In collusion with others, Jones decimated the athletic
department and deprived the university and its students of revenues
that should have gone toward student scholarships, housing, and
other benefits, prosecutors wrote.
"The defendant's conduct was extensive and protracted. It
brought him vast wealth that he pretty much lavished upon himself
with a lifestyle he could otherwise ill afford," prosecutors said.
Jones "and his conspirators damaged the goodwill and reputation
of the University of Kansas, that will remain a blemish on this
fine institution for years to come," they said.