Charlie Samuels, the former clubhouse manager and traveling secretary for the New York Mets, was sentenced to five years probation Monday for what prosecutors said was the theft of $2.3 million worth of game used uniforms and equipment from the team.
Samuels pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this year, but had maintained that he acquired the 507 signed jerseys, 304 hats, 828 bats, 22 batting helmets and 10 equipment bags legitimately.
The probation sentence means he won’t spend time in jail unless he violates the terms of the agreement which include having no contact with the team and paying back more than $20,000 to the state, city and Queens D.A.’s office.
According to news reports, Samuels has already paid back nearly $25,000 to the Mets for the items he removed from the clubhouse. The New York Post has a few more details.