Oklahoma judge orders Kansas City Chiefs superfan ‘ChiefsAholic’ to pay $10.8M to bank teller

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge ordered a Kansas City Chiefs superfan known as “ChiefsAholic” who admitted to a string of bank robberies to pay $10.8 million to a teller who was assaulted with a gun, although lawyers say the teller may never get them back. any money.

A Tulsa judge issued the order last week against Xaviar Michael Bubudar, 29, known for attending Chiefs games dressed as a wolf in NFL team gear. Former bank teller Payton Garcia alleged that Bubudar used a gun to assault him during a robbery at a Bixby, Oklahoma, credit union in December 2022, according to court records.

The judge ordered Bubudar to pay Garcia $3.6 million for his injuries and lost income, as well as $7.2 million in punitive damages. A message left Tuesday with Bubudar’s attorney was not immediately returned.

Garcia’s attorney, Frank Frasier, acknowledged that getting the money back for his client would be difficult, but said the ruling sends an important message.

“I think the judge feels that way,” Frasier told the Associated Press. “She didn’t say it openly during the hearing, but I argued that no one should be able to profit from it, whether in terms of awareness, clicks, views or likes.”

Frasier said if Bubudar sold his story, wrote a book or somehow managed to profit from his story, his client would be able to recover part of the judgment against him.

Although tellers have sued their employers for bank robberies before, it is much less common for them to sue a thief.

Ed Blau, a prominent criminal defense attorney in Oklahoma City, said that’s because it’s reasonable to assume that bank robbers are usually not wealthy. Blau, who is not affiliated with Garcia’s case, said that even if Garcia is strategically wise to sue Bubudar, it is unlikely she will ever get much from him.

“She could have gotten a $10 billion judgment, but the chances of recovery are extremely slim,” he said. “She only has a judgment on paper.”

Bubudar pleaded guilty in February to a series of bank and credit union robberies in several states. He remains imprisoned until his formal sentencing, set for July 10 in Kansas City.

Federal prosecutors said Babudar admitted to thefts and attempted thefts in 2022 and 2023 and laundering the stolen money through casinos and online gambling.

As part of the plea agreement, Babudar must pay at least $532,675 in restitution. He must also give up his possessions, including an autographed painting of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes that was recovered by the FBI.

Before his arrest, Babudar was a well-known figure on social media for his rabid support for Chiefs and attended several matches dressed as a wolf in Chiefs’ clothing.

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