Robin O'Connor, Giants Payroll Manager, Admits to Embezzling $2.2 Million from Team

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Robin O'Connor
The woman who was accused of diverting millions of dollars from the San Francisco Giants for personal use pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom today.

Robin O'Connor, 41, the former payroll manager for the team, admitted to transferring more than $2.2 million from the Giants into her own personal banking account between June 2010 and June 2011. She also ripped off funds by improperly reducing employee tax withholdings, as well as creating fictitious paychecks, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

The well-respected manager was in charge of processing payroll for the San Francisco baseball team, including all the players. She has returned some of the money and has agreed to forfeit certain assets and pay restitution.

The bizarre off-the-field incident came to the attention of the Giants in June when team officials confronted O'Connor after a home-loan representative from Bank of America called human resources. Part of her loan file included a letter allegedly signed by the head of human resources, explaining O'Connor's extra compensation. She fessed up to the theft and was fired that same day.

O'Connor, 42, was subsequently arrested on July 8, 2011 and was released on a $500,000 bail.  She will be sentenced on Mar. 5, 2012 in San Francisco. She could face up to 20 years in prison.

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