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Former Augusta National worker charged with stealing millions in Masters merchandise and memorabilia

April 17, 2024
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Two days after the conclusion of another splendid Masters, some not-so-splendid news involving a former Augusta National Golf Club worker emerged.

The Chicago Tribune reported an ex-employee was charged in federal court in Chicago with stealing millions of dollars in Masters merchandise and memorabilia over a 13-year span. A one-page ciminal information was filed on Tuesday outlawing the charges.

Robert Globensky, a 39-year-old from Augusta, was alleged to have moved "millions of dollars’ worth of Masters golf tournament merchandise and historical memorabilia" from the club from 2009 to 2022. It's not clear what his role at Augusta National was.

Globensky is said to have taken stolen items to Tampa, Florida, bringing in charges of transporting stolen goods across sate lines as well. It's not clear what those items were or why charges were filed in Chicago.

Augusta National has been involved in a number of legal battles through the years, including suing an auction house over the sale of a green jacket and cracking down against those scalping Masters tickets.

In regards to Globensky, an arraignment hasn't been set, and the Chicago Tribune notes that defendants "typically plan to plead guilty" in cases where charges are brought by information instead of by a grand jury.

If found guilty, Globensky would have to return all the stolen goods or money made from them.