Man charged with stealing $225K from Eagles player
PHILADELPHIA - October 23, 2013 (WPVI) -- Federal officials say a man employed to look after the cars of the Philadelphia Eagles, used a player's bank account information to steal more than $225,000.
37-year-old Robert Von Ryan of Philadelphia was arrested and charged with bank fraud.
Police say the scheme began in late 2009/ early 2010 while Von Ryan was employed to guard the cars of Eagles players at the parking lot of the team hotel in Philadelphia.
According to investigators, Von Ryan allegedly went into Todd Herremans' car and copied down his bank account number and routing number.
Von Ryan then allegedly used that information to transfer $225,034.52 from Herremans' account to his own. The indictment states Von Ryan used the money to pay bills and makes purchases.
Action News spoke with Herremans about the developments at an event at Saks in Bala Cynwyd Wednesday night.
"Disappointed in myself, upset that someone would do that before you have to keep your personal information locked up," Herremans said.
Herremans says for nearly two years starting in late 2009, he didn't notice the transactions or withdrawals that didn't belong to him.
"It was a combination of just unexplained expenses that I was talking to my financial advisor about and then he started asking me about purchases and stuff," Herremans said.
Ryan was working for Staff One Incorporated at the time, a company the Eagles hired, but is no longer using for security services.
Action News has learned the 37-year-old Ryan does have a criminal history involving theft.
The suspect is not in custody and will be given a court date.
If convicted, Von Ryan faces a maximum possible sentence of 30 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
A spokesperson for the Eagles tells Action News that Herremans was fully reimbursed by his insurance for the lost money. The spokesperson added that the security service Von Ryan worked for is no longer used by the team.
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