$1.5M allegedly embezzled from Giants

The former payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants was arrested on federal charges in connection with the embezzlement of more than $1.5 million from the accounts of players, local station KGO-TV reported Tuesday.

According to court documents, the Giants learned of Robin O’Connor’s alleged scheme last month after she applied for a home loan.

The affidavit from an FBI special agent says the 41-year-old mother of two, who had an annual salary of about $80,000, forged a letter to the bank from the Giants’ human resources manager that claimed the large deposits to her account were additional payments of compensation "because of her outstanding contributions … that assisted us in accomplishing our goal of winning the 2010 World Series."

The lender, Bank of America, sent a copy of the letter to the Giants for confirmation and O’Connor was subsequently fired.

She later admitted to forging the letter and transferring $600,000 from player accounts, according to the affidavit. A further investigation found another $900,000 had been diverted to her personal accounts.

In total, it is alleged she embezzled $1,513,836.28 from the Giants’ payroll between June 2010 and June 2011. She was charged with wire fraud and fraud in connection with a computer.

O’Connor was released on $500,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment next month.

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