In the aftermath of the McDonald's Monopoly scandal from the 1990s — one of the biggest fast-food scandals in American history — the major players and prize "winners" were handed minimum sentences for their white-collar crimes. And as several participants had clean records prior to the charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, it was enough to keep them on the straight and narrow.
But what about the more experienced criminals in the group? As detailed in HBO's docu-series "McMillion$," in order for the scheme to work and attract people who needed the cash prizes, those familiar with bending the law were a vital component to the scam.
The McDonald's Monopoly crime ring was led by Jerome Jacobson, the ex-cop who managed to rig the game through most of the '90s and helped a group of "winners" steal over $24 million from the company. Participants ranged from experienced mobsters to average citizens who would benefit greatly from big cash winnings.
Andrew Glomb joined the heist shortly after mob boss Gennaro Colombo died in 1998. An ex-con and former drug dealer fresh off probation, he was responsible for distributing winning tickets and expanding the "winners" network for Jacobson. So where is he now?
Well, today, Glomb has seemingly kept his head down and avoided all trouble with the law.
"I have been a 'good boy!'" Glomb told Oxygen.com in an email.
As depicted in the docu-series, Glomb's first foray into crime was while doing drugs in 1979 with best-selling author Harold Robbins. Recalling that in Robbins' novels characters would inhale amyl nitrate before engaging in sexual activity, Glomb asked if he could try some. He subsequently panicked at the reaction his body had, even calling a friend to get him out of the party.
Shortly thereafter, his cousin asked if he could get him quaaludes, and he deferred to the friend he called during his moment of panic after his first drug experience. Realizing the money to be made in this "business," Glomb became a drug trafficker in Florida, according to "McMillion$."
His drug enterprise was relatively short-lived. On Sept. 10, 1983, while traveling from Miami to Dallas with 8.9 ounces of pure cocaine to deliver to his co-conspirators, several federal agents arrested him outside a Pan American terminal at the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport. On Dec. 6, he entered a conditional plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, according to his public case profile.
In February 1984, he was sentenced to 12 years confinement plus a $15,000 fine. He entered the plea on the condition that he be able to appeal the question of whether his fourth amendment rights were violated, as he was seized without a warrant, according to the case profile.
But rather than report to the Montgomery Federal Prison as instructed on March 20, 1984, Glomb fled the country and went on a 16-month tour of Europe.
"You're always worried looking over your shoulder every time you see two guys with suits on, you think it's over," Glomb explained in the documentary.
He was finally arrested in 1985 at a San Diego doughnut shop after shipping a car in his name to Long Beach and had to serve the entirety of his jail sentence, as detailed in his case profile.
By the time he was contacted about the McDonald's crime circuit, Glomb had recently gotten off parole.
"I was very skeptical," Glomb said in the docu-series. "I said, 'I don't think I want to know anything about it.' And then probably two or three days later, I said, 'You know what? Let's meet and we'll talk about it.'"
Glomb was presented with a $1 million winning piece, which he then gave to a friend to split between the two of them and Jacobson.
Glomb made winners out of friends he had made while dealing drugs and serving his prison sentence. In 1999, one of the $1 million winners was a convicted cocaine distributor, according to The Daily Beast.
Glomb was ultimately arrested on August 22, 2001. He was convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to a year and one day in prison, the outlet reports.
Today, Glomb has kept quiet and continues to pay restitution fees of $164.70 per month, according to the docu-series. Glomb also still keeps in touch with Jacobson, now in his late 70s and in poor health. He noted in his interview with The Daily Beast that whereas some may be bitter about the sentence, he understands that what he did was wrong.
"It was a game, and I lost," he said in the docu-series.
But when asked if he would do it again in "McMillion$," Glomb quickly responded: "Tomorrow."
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