UNM releases audit of athletic department spending

The University of New Mexico has released the results of its own audit into its athletic department. 

All of these investigations were sparked by News 13’s Larry Barker when he first exposed the fancy golf trip to Scotland at taxpayers’ expense.

The 87-page audit details what went wrong with the mismanagement in funds to football players using the school’s dime for personal massages.

Back in November, UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nunez said things would be changing after the State Auditor revealed spending problems within the athletic department.

Larry Barker originally revealed public money was used to take private citizens on an expensive golf trip to Scotland. News 13 also uncovered UNM had about $200,000 worth of uncollected money from suite and club seat sales.

Monday, UNM released findings of their own audit.

The report says Lobo football players went and got team massages, totaling more than $8,300, all on the university’s dime.

The report also says there was no proof those massages were for business purposes.

On top of the massages, the audit found athletic department employees were taking advantage of the courtesy cars.

In June 2017, an employee reportedly drove about 670 miles in a company car, and claimed more than 90 percent of those miles were for business purposes. The audit found out that was not a reasonable number.

UNM’s Athletic Director did not want to talk on camera Monday, but he did say he’s going to take these findings seriously as he plans on making the proper changes to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

The audit did say new processes have already been implemented to make sure p-card users spend responsibly.

The report also questions the processes for taking parking fees at events, pointing out that the money was not deposited in a timely manner.

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