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Former Mets equipment manager Charlie Samuels pleads guilty, gets probation

Feb 21, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

Charlie Samuels

Remember Charlie Samuels, the Mets longtime clubhouse manager/travelling secretary? The guy who was alleged to be running a gambling ring, stealing Mets’ memorabilia, skimming hotel money and living way, way beyond his means? And who got arrested for it all last spring?

Yeah, well he pleaded guilty today and was sentenced: five years probation and an order of restitution.

Seems light to me, but really, the thing that may have saved his bacon the most is that, despite getting all of this illicit income, he reported it all on his taxes, claiming as much as $700,000 in income despite his $80,000 salary.  On the one hand, that likely caused him to become the subject of the investigation in the first place.  On the other: it kept him from a tax evasion charge, which likely would have meant mandatory prison time.

No word if he has to pay Jeff Francoeur back that $50K he was given.

  1. sdelmonte - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    In addition, he was sentenced to watch the sixth innings of all 2011 Mets losses, and that game where Reyes and Murphy both got injured.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      In Canada, such “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” is against our Charter of Rights.

  2. stex52 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Much as I love to pile on the Mets, this is too easy. Actually, claiming it all on his taxes means he was smarter than Al Capone.

    • bigharold - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      “… it kept him from a tax evasion charge, which likely would have meant mandatory prison time.”

      You beat me to it. It was the IRS that put Capone behind bars. Steal, no problem. Organized gambling, .. we can work it out. Tax evasion, .. “go to jal, .. go directly to jail do not pass go and do not collect $200″.

  3. rob0527 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Claiming it on taxes was just asking to get caught. As for the sentence, way to go judicial system. How do u get jail time? Shoot yourself in your leg.

    • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Naaahhh, just be born poor and black. Saves a lot of paperwork.

      • stex52 - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        You just sit around waiting for us schmucks to give you set-up lines, don’t you?

      • bigharold - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        ” … waiting for us schmucks to give you set-up lines, don’t you?”

        And, as if on cue, .. you do not disappoint.

        You are aware that this whole Internet, .. blogging, .. MLB site thing is not only about the topic at hand but the interaction as well?

        If not, .. you are now!

      • stex52 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

        Not sure if that was addressed to OG or me, BigHarold. If me, of course I realize that and I enjoy it. What you see there was a friendly jab. I look forward to his input.

      • stex52 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        Probably should have added a smiley face to the original response. :-)

  4. Joe - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I just re-read that Francouer story. He claims that he wrote Samuels a check for $35,000, and Samuels gave him $35,000 in cash. Francouer then used the cast to buy a car for his parents. The rationale? His parents help him with his finances, and he didn’t want them to see how much he spent on the car.

    The logic goes something like this:

    1) Parents receive a new car.
    2) Parents don’t see a check written to a car dealer, so they won’t know how much it cost.
    2a) Parents incapable of using Internet or newspaper advertisements to determine rough value of car.
    3) Parents do see check written to one “Charle Samuels” for $35,000
    3a) Parents incapable of connecting dots

    I completely missed this back in May (as did other commenters), but it sounds like Frenchie either thinks we are stupid, or his parents are. And if his parents are, why is he trusting them with his money?

    • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      3b) Parents figured it all out from the outset, but also figured they’d let their loving and beloved son go away feeling good about having good naturedly put one over on them.

      Parents aren’t nearly as dumb as their kids think they are. Neither are their kids nearly as smart as they think they are.

      On the other hand, kvellers of the world, most kids aren’t nearly as smart as their parents think they are, either.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    At least the guy has his looks.

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