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Continued secrecy and changing stories about a $25,000 donation linked to a scandal-plagued Scotland golf junket prompted the state Attorney General’s Office to search the University of New Mexico Foundation office earlier this week.
Special agents from Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office seized banker’s boxes, financial records, a computer hard drive and more from the foundation’s Albuquerque headquarters Wednesday as they investigated possible violations of the state’s Government Conduct Act, according to the search warrant affidavit filed in state District Court.
The affidavit cites emails between former UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs and his wife, Marjori, a current UNM employee, that “suggest that the $25,000 appears to be an attempt to cover up the violations” Krebs made in authorizing a 2015 athletic department fundraising golf trip to Scotland. It also notes that the foundation’s vice president of university development, Larry Ryan, and general counsel, Pat Allen, have given multiple contradictory statements about the contribution.