As if the San Francisco Giants second half struggles weren’t enough, a former team payroll manager is now due in court at the end of the month to face accusations that she embezzled more than $1.5 million from the team.
41-year-old Robin O’Connor has been charged with wire fraud and fraud in connection with a computer. According the FBI, she was dismissed from her job in early July after Giants officials discovered the alleged embezzlement.
According to an FBI affidavit, O’Connor admitted to Giants officials that she had diverted more than $600,000 from the accounts of two Giants employees. But upon further review, investigations found that she had allegedly embezzled more than $1.5 million.
The alleged crime was brought to light after team executives discovered a letter allegedly forged by O’Connor in early July. The letter was sent to Bank of America as part of an application for a home loan.
In it, O’Connor allegedly wrote that she had received bonuses of $300,000 for contributions during the 2010 season for “helping to accomplish our goal of winning the World Series.” The letter appeared to have been signed by the team’s human relations manager.