Kansas City Chiefs superfan indicted on bank theft, money laundering charges
Xaviar Michael Babudar, 29, was indicted Wednesday in Missouri on bank theft and money laundering charges.
A federal grand jury indicted a person often known as a Kansas City Chiefs superfan, who goes by “ChiefsAholic” on social media, with robbing a number of banks and laundering the money via casinos, the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Western District of Missouri introduced.
Xaviar Michael Babudar, 29, was charged Wednesday with 19 counts, together with three counts of armed theft, one depend of bank theft, 11 counts of money laundering and 4 counts of transporting stolen property throughout state traces, prosecutors say.
Babudar, who wearing a grey wolf costume in Chiefs clothes at video games, is accused of utilizing money from bank and credit score union robberies over 9 months final 12 months to attend house and away video games, in keeping with the indictment.
Babudar pleaded not responsible to the indictment, CNN affiliate KMBC reported.
A legal grievance filed in opposition to Babudar in Could linked him to 6 robberies. He’s accused of stealing greater than $845,000 and of involvement in two tried robberies, in keeping with authorities. The indictment filed on Wednesday changed the unique federal legal grievance from Could.
He’s additionally accused of laundering the stolen money by buying and redeeming greater than $1 million in chips from casinos in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois, an affidavit filed in assist of the grievance revealed.
On December 16, 2022, Babudar was charged in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, with robbing a credit score union and was launched on bond in February.
Months earlier than his arrest, Babudar allegedly used among the stolen money to position wagers at an Illinois sportsbook, together with two separate $5,000 bets for the Chiefs to win Tremendous Bowl LVII and for Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes to win the sport’s Most Priceless Participant award.
After the Chiefs’ Tremendous Bowl victory, and Mahomes was named MVP of the sport, Babudar was mailed a $100,000 examine in March, in keeping with authorities.
Babudar minimize his ankle monitor days later and fled Oklahoma earlier than he was re-arrested in Sacramento, California, in early July, in keeping with the indictment. He stays in federal custody with out bond.
“This isn’t ChiefsAholic’s final drive,” Babudar’s attorney Matthew Merryman told KMBC on Friday. “He believes, and we imagine, that when the ultimate whistle blows and the entire info are recognized that he’s going to be redeemed within the eyes of his neighborhood, within the eyes of his followers and within the eyes of the Chiefs Kingdom.”
A trial date is about for January 8, the indictment says.