It was the infamous golf trip to Scotland that rocked the University of New Mexico community and exposed in a Larry Barker investigation. The trip paid for former athletic director Paul Krebs, former basketball coach Craig Neal, and a group of private citizens. It cost the university close to $40,000.
In a search warrant unsealed Tuesday seeking Krebs financial records, the Attorney General’s office says it’s nothing but lies and a cover up.
You may remember the UNM Foundation received $25,000 from an “anonymous donor” in May 2017 to cover the inappropriate use of public funds for the Scotland trip. The search warrant says “emails between Krebs and his wife Marjori, suggest that the $25,000 appears to be an attempt to cover up the violations made by… Paul Krebs.”
It goes on to reference emails in which Krebs instructs his wife to hide the source of the $25,000 with “no name, return address or anything associated with us.”
UNM Foundation Vice President Larry Ryan told AG investigators the donation was actually made with a credit card.
The warrant, filed by the Attorney General’s office state’s they want the certified Chase credit card records and complete card information for Paul Krebs in order to “further assist in positively identifying the source of the donated funds”. It goes on to say they would also like to assist in “positively identifying” Paul Krebs as the donor and to investigate possible violations of government conduct, money laundering, fraud and embezzlement.
Although UNM claimed it was an “anonymous donor,” Ryan told investigators he knew it was Krebs.
The Attorney General released a statement, in part saying this is “to continue their fight against corruption in institutions.” He says the investigation remains ongoing.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Krebs’ attorney is claiming a high-ranking university administrator told him a donation would “resolve the situation”.
The Journal states that the administrator says he never advised Krebs on any matters related to the Scotland trip.
Krebs retired from his position at UNM in June 2017.