September 25, 2020

Former Giants employee charged with embezzlement

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants has been arrested on federal charges associated with embezzling more than $1.5 million from the baseball club’s employees, including players, and using the money for fancy cars and a new home.

Robin O’Connor, 41, was confronted by the team in July and acknowledged diverting more than $600,000 from two Giants employees, a criminal complaint filed last month in U.S. District Court in San Francisco said. An affidavit filed by an FBI special agent states that the club immediately fired her.

The Giants confirmed Tuesday that the club had discovered possible embezzlement by O’Connor last month.

“We immediately notified the United States Attorney’s office and are working with the federal authorities to ensure that this matter is thoroughly investigated and that any wrongdoing is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the team said in a statement.

The team conducted an audit after O’Connor’s alleged admission and discovered 11 suspicious deposits totaling more than double what she had confessed to, for a total of $1,513,836, the affidavit said.

O’Connor, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area suburb of American Canyon, didn’t immediately respond to an email or phone message Tuesday night. The federal public defender listed as her attorney also did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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