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University of Louisville Foundation fires consultant charged with stealing from U of L Golf Club

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  The University of Louisville Foundation cut ties with a financial consultant it had hired on a contract last month after he was charged Wednesday with stealing from the pro-shop at the U of L Golf Club.

Robert Mims, 51, “confessed to stealing” three items from the pro-shop when stopped by police at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday upon leaving the shop’s parking lot “at a high rate of speed,” according to a criminal citation obtained from Shelby County District Court.

Simpsonville police did not take Mims into custody, instead ordering him to appear in court on Sept. 19 in Shelbyville on a charge of theft by unlawful taking for under $500.

The foundation on Friday confirmed that it had terminated Mims’ contract in the wake of the citation.

In a statement, foundation interim executive director Keith Sherman said Mims had “no access to financial accounts or confidential information” of the foundation.

“Bob’s alleged lapses in judgment were unrelated to his work for the Foundation,” Sherman said. “Based on his positive professional references and his work for us we could not have foreseen the alleged behavior.”

Mims did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent through LinkedIn.

The foundation hired Mims, of Memphis, Tenn., on July 31 under a three-month contract paying $22,000 a month to assist with the organization’s routine annual audit and provide other financial consulting as needed, according to a copy of the contract, obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act.

Mims' $22,000 monthly compensation included $2,000 per month in lieu of travel expenses for his trips between Louisville and Memphis. The foundation also agreed to provide housing for Mims in Louisville at an unspecified cost.

The citation says pro-shop management contacted police about Mims potentially having stolen from the shop and being a subject in “several other” pro-shop thefts.

While Mims was stopped, the pro-shop told police that they had video of him stealing a shirt from the shop.

Simpsonville police said in the citation they would contact Jefferson County “on (Mim’s) other open cases.”

Reach reporter Chris Otts at 502-585-0822, cotts@wdrb.com, on Twitter or on Facebook. Copyright 2017 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

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