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Ex-Mets Worker Gets Probation In Memorabilia Case

One of the items allegedly stolen by Charlie Samuels - Queens, NY - May 11, 2011 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

One of the items allegedly stolen by Charlie Samuels – Queens, NY – May 11, 2011 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets’ longtime clubhouse manager has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Charlie Samuels admitted in February to having $2.3 million worth of team memorabilia. He pleaded guilty to possessing stolen property and tax fraud.

The 55-year-old is also banned from any Mets facility, even if he buys a ticket.

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

The Mets issued a statement when Samuels pleaded guilty, thanking those involved in the investigation.

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