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Report: New Mexico AD Used Public Funds For $65,000 Golfing Trip To Scotland

New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs reportedly used taxpayer money to partially fund a private golf trip to Scotland.

In 2015, New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs organized a luxury golf vacation to Scotland under the guise of a business trip, and used public funds to partially finance it, according to KRQE News 13.

The trip was an opportunity to stay at luxury hotels and golf at some of the most famous golf courses in the world, all while charging a bulk of the expenditures—including airfare, travel agency fees, rounds of golf and luxury hotel costs—to university credit cards. In short, a large portion of the vacation getaway was directly funded by New Mexico's taxpayers, and then evidence of the trip was purposefully distorted and hidden.

“The trip was a working trip and it was designed to immerse us with these donors. It was an intensive experience and I understand why people may question it,” Krebs said earlier this month to KRQE, but if this was a valid "working trip," why would someone try to conceal the fact that the trip ever took place?

Per KRQE:

Athletic Department documents obtained by KRQE News 13 show someone disguised the trip by recording it as a basketball tournament in Ireland. Earlier this month Krebs confirmed the Scotland golf trip cost UNM $39,382.

That's not all, because the $39,382 figure is also a lie. Krebs later admitted to using additional university funds to give "potential donors" a "free golfing holiday," bringing the grand total to $64,949—all paid for by the public.

Krebs currently makes $414, 391 a year as New Mexico's athletic director.

“I’ve worked with VP Krebs for a while and I think he is an honorable man,” President Chaoli Abdallah told KRQE News 13. “He’s done a lot of good for this university. Even honorable men sometimes make a mistake."

You can—and should—read the entire report here.

[KRQE]