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Published on May 15, 2024
Ex-Augusta National Staffer Pleads Guilty to Swiping Masters Merchandise in Multi-Million Dollar HeistSource: Unsplash/Tingey Injury Law Firm

A former Augusta National Golf Club staffer has admitted to a real bogey of a crime, swiping a treasure trove of Masters merch and cashing into the tune of millions. Richard Brendan Globensky, a 39-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, copped to the major heist before a Chicago federal court, pleading guilty to a federal charge of moving and selling hot goods across state lines, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Morris Pasqual, announced the guilty plea, also giving a nod to Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago FBI, Robert W. "Wes" Wheeler, Jr., for his office's work on the case. Cone October 29, 2024, when U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman sets Globensky's fate, the ex-club employee could be out of the clubhouse for good.

The Justice Department alleges that, as a warehouse assistant, Globensky made off with items like Masters-branded shirts, hats, flags, – even the storied Green Jackets – over 13 years from 2009 to 2022.

The loot wasn't just any old golf swag; it was steeped in the sport's history. Along with the commercial merchandise, there were Green Jackets that once belonged to legends like Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan and even significant documents autographed by golfing icon Bobby Jones. He funneled the goods to a Florida broker, racking up about $5.3 million from the merch and almost $300,000 from the memorabilia, the plea agreement admitted, as per the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois.