An audit report released Friday by the University of New Mexico indicates former men’s basketball operations director Cody Hopkins committed fraud with a team purchasing card for personal use, including $63,418 in “unallowable” activity on the card.
The report also acknowledges systemic failures — both of the athletics department and university overall — in allowing the matter to have gone unchecked for several months. But it emphasized there is no indication of potential criminal wrongdoing by anyone else at the university, and specifically on the men’s basketball team. And there is no evidence of any potential NCAA violations.
“This is an isolated act of one individual,” UNM athletic director Paul Krebs said. “… Cody was immediately placed on leave of absence when it was discovered it was more than just somebody who was (behind on bookkeeping).”
The audit has been handed over to the UNM Police Department for potential criminal investigation. The audit indicates there are no receipts or other documentation for $53,984 in ATM withdrawals from July through December 2015, as first reported by the Journal in February. The audit also indicates there are $3,600 in cash withdrawals for which the university alleges Hopkins submitted “falsified receipts” and $5,834 in purchases for personal use.