Fired UMN ticket sales director charged with wire fraud for allegedly pocketing funds from canceled ticket sales

A ticket sales supervisor who was fired by the University of Minnesota last year has been charged with wire fraud in U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors charged Brent Holck, who was assistant athletic director of sales and services, with a single felony count.

Holck was charged Tuesday by information, rather than a grand jury, which indicates he’s agreed to plead guilty. He’s due in court Nov. 14.

According to the charging document, Holck would cancel ticket sales to games after they’d taken place, then direct the refunded money into his own accounts.

He also issued game tickets and parking passes to acquaintances, who then sold them and kicked most of the proceeds back to Holck, prosecutors say.

The scheme is alleged to have taken place from April 2012 through January 2017. Holck was fired in February 2017.

Neither the U nor court documents indicate how much money was stolen.

Holck is charged for a single instance of a $1,500 refund from 2015. If convicted, he’ll likely have to pay back substantially more than that.

Holck’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

The U hired Holck in 2008 and paid him a salary of $94,003.

They asked the FBI to investigate after an audit uncovered what U officials described as a sophisticated ticket fraud.

Holck’s wife, Jessica Holck, is events director for U athletics. The U said last year they didn’t think she was involved in the ticket fraud scheme.

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