Showing posts with label Charlie Samuels. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charlie Samuels. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mets Ex-Clubhouse Manager Samuels Gets Five Years Probation

Charles Samuels, the former longtime clubhouse manager for the New York Mets, has been sentenced for criminally possessing almost $2.3 million worth of on-field and game-used Mets memorabilia and collectibles – including autographed jerseys, bats and baseballs – belonging to the Mets organization and for evading city and state taxes.

Samuels, 55, of Arverne, Queens, began his career with the New York Mets in 1976, was made equipment manager in 1983 and subsequently became the clubhouse manager and traveling secretary.

He was terminated by the Mets organization in November 2010.

Samuels was formally sentenced to five years’ probation by Queens Supreme Court Justice Fernando M. Camacho. The defendant pleaded guilty last February to second-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third- and fourth-degree criminal tax fraud in satisfaction of the charges against him.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ex-Mets Equipment Manager Samuels Pleas Guilty to Charges

Kleptomaniac and ex-Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels dodged prison today by admitting he lined his pockets after swiping and selling millions of dollars worth of signed team hats, jerseys and other souvenirs.

Samuels, 52, who was banned for life from CitiField and the Mets’ spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to repay about $50,000 in back taxes and restitution to the team and Queens DA’s office.

The Amazins’ longtime clubhouse boss pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of tax fraud.

He had to cough up a nearly $25,000 partial payment to get out of Queens Criminal Court today, and was also ordered to pay the Queens DA’s office $15,000 to cover the cost of the investigation.

Samuels, who spent almost his entire adult life working for the Mets, was also accused of falsifying business records so he could skim $25,000 off meal money the Mets provide to umpires, and of cheating on his city and state taxes to save $24,000 over two years by not declaring the tips players gave him.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ex ClubHouse Manager Charlie Samuels Arrested, Frenchy Explains why he gave $50K to Samuels

As reported this morning, former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was arrested today, accused of gambling with mobbed-up bookies, stealing Mets’ equipment and memorabilia and committing fraud.  You know, typical New York stuff.

You may recall that last fall when this all hit the news Jeff Francoeur‘s name popped up by virtue of him writing $50,000 in checks to Samuels. No one ever suggested that Francoeur did anything wrong — and really, how could they? Look at that face! — but it did raise eyebrows.

Francoeur is in New York today facing the Yankees, and explained it to Roger Rubin of the Daily News.

For starters, $15,000 of that was the end-of-year bonus given by Francoeur to Samuels, and intended to be distributed to the various cooks, massage therapists, clubhouse attendants and the like.

Which, while that seems like a lot, is a standard kind of thing. At least in form. I really don’t know if that’s a lot of money for end of year tips, but I bet it’s within the normal range for veterans.

As for the other $35,000, well, we’ll let Francoeur explain it:
“I wrote him a $35,000 check and he gave me cash for it and I bought a car for my mom and dad. And that’s what it was all about. That’s the whole thing,” Francoeur said. “My parents help pay our bills and stuff while we’re away during the season. I didn’t want them to see what I paid for the car" …
Samuels was also the official Bank of the New York Mets...LOL

Thursday, March 10, 2011

NYPD/MLB visit Mets Camp to investigate Charlie Samuels

Investigators from the New York Police Department and Major League Baseball visited Mets camp on Wednesday to further pursue their case against former clubhouse attendant Charlie Samuels, multiple news outlets reported.

The Queens District Attorney has been investigating Samuels for alleged gambling activities, as well as purportedly selling team memorabilia for his own personal gain. To this point, Samuels has not been indicted for any crimes.

The investigators reportedly spoke to closer Francisco Rodriguez and former Mets catcher Mike Piazza while trying to build their case against Samuels.

"I was not the only one they asked questions," Rodriguez told "I think they're just trying to find out. They want to make the case [against Samuels]. They want to get information from a lot of people, not only me."

Samuels was fired in November for "conduct in violation of club policies," according to a statement issued by the club.

Source: Stephens

Friday, November 12, 2010

ESPN: Charlie Samuels Officially Fired

From ESPN:

Longtime Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels officially has been fired by the organization. He is the subject of an NYPD gambling investigation, a law-enforcement source has told

Samuels previously was "indefinitely suspended."

The Mets released this statement: "The New York Mets announced today that they have terminated Charlie Samuels’ employment with the Mets for conduct in violation of club policies. This decision is the result of a thorough internal investigation over the course of several months. The Mets will have no further comment on this matter.”

Monday, November 08, 2010

Friday, November 05, 2010

AP Source: Clubhouse manager admitted he bet on baseball

AP reports that New York Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels admitted betting on baseball, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Samuels made the admission to an investigator for Major League Baseball in the last few weeks, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

“He admitted betting on baseball on at least one occasion,” the person said.
Samuels’ bet on baseball first was reported by the New York Daily News.

MLB believes most of Samuels’ alleged gambling involved NFL games, the person said.
The team said Thursday that Samuels had been suspended but did not say why. The person said Samuels had become involved in an investigation into illegal gambling by the Queens District Attorney and the New York Police Department.

A second person, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Friday that law enforcement is investigating the possibility that Samuels borrowed money from team accounts for short periods of time without authorization and then paid the money back.

Samuels was hired by the Mets in 1976 and last month completed his 27th season as clubhouse manager. He also has been involved in the team’s travel arrangements for many years.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Mets suspend their long time clubhouse manager, Samuels

According to NBC's Hardball Talk:  Longtime Mets equipment/clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels has been suspended by the organization, the Mets confirmed.

The organization offered no elaboration beyond the following statement:

“Last Wednesday, the Mets suspended Charlie Samuels indefinitely without pay. As this is an ongoing personnel matter, we have no further comment.”
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