Ex-Mets Clubhouse Manager Charlie Samuels Pleads Guilty

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Mets’ longtime clubhouse manager has admitted he illegally owned millions of dollars’ worth of team memorabilia.

Charlie Samuels pleaded guilty in a Queens courthouse on Tuesday to possessing stolen property and tax fraud.

He is expected to get five years probation in April. The 55-year-old also is banned from any Mets facility, even if he buys a ticket.

Samuels was fired by the team in 2010. He had worked for the Mets since 1976 and became equipment manager in 1983.

District Attorney Richard Brown says Samuels admitted having almost $2.3 million worth of Mets memorabilia and collectibles. His guilty plea includes charges that he evaded paying city and state sales taxes.

According to the New York Daily News, Samuels was also ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution to the Mets. Add to that $34,000 in taxes, the paper reported.

The Mets issued a statement thanking those involved in the investigation.

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One Comment

  1. MikeH says:

    The Mets are a mess. I thought the clubhouse manager was being looked at for gambling issues. Then he gets indicted on something completely different. C’mon, are the Wilpons that needful of cash? The Wilpons are a disgrace to New York. They have brought dishonor to a great team. They just need to fade away. I wouldn’t be surprised if they staged all of this just to deflect the stench of guilt, from the Madoff scandal. Also, weren’t they friends with Madoff? This should raise the question, how did they make their money? This clubhouse manager did his job. Apparently very well, considering his length of service, with the team. I think it’s a disgrace and they should be ashamed of themselves.

  2. Brad Kahn says:

    First off get the story right. Millions of dollars of memoribilia .. GIve me a break this isn’t Yankee stuff. Most Mets things aren’t worth that much. Second most of the players gave him their uniforms including Mike Piazza .The Mets had no policy or no accounting on what they had and where it should go once a player finished the year. The Mets are the Villlans here. To suggest that Mr Samuels stole this is stretch Mr Samuels did his job way better than anyone in baseball except maybe Murph in SF. If you want to talk about stolen property .. what about the 300 million dollars the Wilpons have in profit from the Bernie Madoff fiasco… Oh and you guys in the press are lynching Charlie Samuels for what? Doing his job ? For shame .. it is the Wilpons who will face the music shortly .

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