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Ex-Mets Clubhouse Manager Charlie Samuels Pleads Guilty

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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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