Category: Crime and Punishment

Hopkins Lawyer Now Representing Krebs

By Daniel Libit

The University of New Mexico’s athletic department scandals may be costing the New Mexico taxpayer, but they’re a windfall for the state bar — or at least one member of it.

Prominent Albuquerque attorney Paul Kennedy, who is representing former Lobo men’s basketball staffer Cody Hopkins in his embezzlement trial, has now signed on to defend UNM’s ex-Athletic Director Paul Krebs in his unrelated criminal case. Continue reading “Hopkins Lawyer Now Representing Krebs”

AG Charges Krebs, Dings UNM

By Daniel Libit

The New Mexico Attorney General charged former University of New Mexico Athletic Director Paul Krebs on Wednesday with five criminal counts, including fraud and money laundering, as part of scheme to “pursue his private interest” with a 2015 Lobo booster golf trip to Scotland.  Continue reading “AG Charges Krebs, Dings UNM”

New Lobo Deputy AD Has Past DWI

By Daniel Libit

David Williams, who the University of New Mexico named on Tuesday to be its new deputy athletic director, was temporarily re-assigned and eventually let go from a previous athletic administrative job after he pleaded guilty to drunk driving. Continue reading “New Lobo Deputy AD Has Past DWI”

AG Lobo Probe Expands to FB Rape Case

By Daniel Libit

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has expanded his multifaceted review of the University of New Mexico’s athletic department to include at least one allegation of sexual assault by a former Lobo football player, has learned.

The specific incident in question appears to be the same one referenced in a Hogan Marren law firm investigation report released last month, which presented claims that UNM football coach Bob Davie had instructed his players to “get some dirt” on the accuser. Continue reading “AG Lobo Probe Expands to FB Rape Case”

UNM to Hopkins: Now Pay us $63K

By Daniel Libit

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a statement from UNM spokesperson Cinnamon Blair. 

In direct response to’s story last month about former Lobo basketball operations director Cody Hopkins, the University of New Mexico has now formally demanded Hopkins pay the school $63,411. That amount represents the sum total of all unreconciled charges a UNM Special Audit claimed Hopkins had put on his school Purchasing Card, regardless of whether the charges were for legitimate purposes.

The school’s demand was issued in a terse, one-page letter sent on March 15 by Kimberly Bell, UNM’s senior deputy counsel, to Hopkins’ lawyer Elizabeth Higginbotham. recently obtained a copy of that letter through a public records request. In it, Bell writes that university officials “read with interest” the article, and noted several “apparent admissions” Hopkins made, which included his failing to keep up with his P-Card reconciliations; forging signatures; and using the P-Card for personal or family expenses. Continue reading “UNM to Hopkins: Now Pay us $63K”