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UTPA women’s golf coach fired

Former UTPA women’s golf Coach, Ofelia Lopez, was fired Aug. 8 after an investigation revealed that she stole $750 from the University. The money was supposed to be used for a golf tournament, but Lopez kept the money to pay off bills.

The check was made back in April by UTPA Athletics and was given to Lopez so she could pay the entry fee for the Western Athletic Conference golf tournament April 25-27.

According to The Monitor, Lopez created a fake McAllen police report shortly after the check was cashed. She claimed that her purse and money was stolen from a restaurant April 28.

UTPA asked her about the money when they received a letter for an unpaid fee from the WAC. Police questioned her and she confessed to using the money to pay unpaid bills.

Lopez was under contract until June 2015, which gave UTPA a chance to terminate her contract due to the conduct policies she violated. She can face up one year in jail for a Class A misdemeanor theft.

At the is time there is no comment from UTPA or Athletic Director Chris King on the situation.

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