Auditor says perks from UNM athletics went to 23 non-donors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Auditor says perks from UNM athletics went to 23 non-donors

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A review by the New Mexico State Auditor's Office outlines a stark lack of financial control over public money at the University of New Mexico athletics department and its affiliates that resulted in overpayments to coaches, basketball suites that went unpaid and inappropriate perks such as golf and alcohol.

State Auditor Tim Keller on Friday said the university's comingling of public funds and donations could involve violations of the state's anti-donations clause and has created the appearance of impropriety.

The special audit says there were 23 recipients of so-called donor perks that include an international golf outing. Those people made no monetary contribution to the university or its related entities, such as the UNM Foundation, the Lobo Club that raises funds for athletics, an alumni association and booster clubs.

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