A parking lot attendant tasked with guarding the cars of Philadelphia Eagles players while they played stands accused of stealing more than $225,000 from Todd Herremans, the team’s star offensive lineman.
Robert Von Ryan, a 37-year-old man from Philadelphia, Pa., was charged with bank fraud on Wednesday after he allegedly stole Herremans’ bank account information and used it to transfer money into his own account, Philly.com reports. The parking lot attendant reportedly stole the money over a period of four years.
Federal prosecutors claim that Von Ryan, who worked as a subcontractor for the company that oversees the Eagles’ parking facilities during home and away games, broke into the car of a player with the initials “T.H.” and stole paperwork that contained that player’s checking account information, Philly.com reports.
Von Ryan reportedly used the stolen information to transfer $225,034.25 from Herremans’ UBS checking account into his own account, Philly.com reports. In an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, Herremans admitted that he only realized that his money had been stolen when a financial advisor asked him about credit cards that he never activated.
If convicted of bank fraud, Von Ryan could face up to 30 years in prison, Pro Football Talk reports. He also faces a fine of up to $1 million.
While the theft of over $225,000 would be crippling to most, it represents a small portion of Herremans’ earnings. According to Spotrac.com, the 31-year-old signed a three-year contract extension in 2012, and is guaranteed to earn at least $11 million of the deal’s value.
The Eagles selected Herremans in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. The 31-year-old has started at least 15 games in five of his last eight NFL seasons, Bleacher Report notes.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...