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Former Giants payroll manager facing embezzlement charges

Aug 31, 2011, 12:15 AM EDT

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According to KGO-TV in San Francisco, Robin O’Connor, a former payroll manager with the Giants, was arrested on federal charges associated with embezzling more than $1.5 million from player accounts.

O’Connor, who worked in the Giants’ front office for four years, received an annual salary of $80,000. An FBI affidavit says the 41-year-old mother-of-two embezzled $1,513,836.28 from the Giants’ payroll between June 2010 and June 2011. She was formally charged with wire fraud and fraud in connection with a computer.

The scheme blew up when O’Connor applied for a loan from Bank of America to buy a home in San Diego. She allegedly forged a letter from the Giants’ HR manager, explaining that the large deposits in her account were due to her “outstanding contributions … that assisted us in accomplishing our goal of winning the 2010 World Series.” That’s right. Who needs the likes of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Buster Posey, Juan Uribe, Cody Ross, Edgar Renteria and Brian Wilson when you have O’Connor? She was clearly the key to their title run. Anyway, when Bank of America sent a letter back to the Giants for confirmation, she was toast.

O’Connor has been released on $500,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment in a month. While it’s too bad that some of the players were the victims in this featherbrained scheme, she may have saved Brian Sabean from spending $1.5 million on yet another ancient shortstop. Perspective, people.

  1. yankeesgameday - Aug 31, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    If you’re going to embezzle 1.5 million bucks you move it into cash right away, quietly disappear, and put it all in a safety deposit box under a made up name. You get a low profile job and car, then you only take out a little bit at a time to make your life fun with dinners out, a decent wardrobe and a few extra xbox games for the kids at Christmas. If you got away with it initially and you don’t draw attention to yourself you can live very happily like that for the rest of your life.

    Or… Um…I mean, i suppose… You know, theoretically.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 31, 2011 at 7:55 AM

      When did you get out of the joint?

      • segdirb - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        LOL

  2. denverdude7 - Aug 31, 2011 at 4:48 AM

    Just had to have the house didn’t you Robin? Woops.

  3. crambow - Aug 31, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    The real victims are those who read this hack authoring.

    • paperlions - Aug 31, 2011 at 7:54 AM

      Door is on your left, be sure to get a full refund on your way out.

      • henryd3rd - Aug 31, 2011 at 7:59 AM

        I hope she stashed away some of that loot because if she’s convicted she’ll be required to make full restitution to the injured parties

  4. paperlions - Aug 31, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    If you embezzle $1.5M, why are you applying for a loan? Just pay cash for the house, that is actually allowed.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 31, 2011 at 8:02 AM

      Duh!!!! Whenever someone pays cash for a home the closing agent is required by law to report this to the authorities. Ever heard of money laundering?

    • cleverbob - Aug 31, 2011 at 8:14 AM

      You’re not familiar with real estate prices in the SF area. $1.5M buys you an efficiency. She probably slipped up when she listed “embezzlements” on her application under “Other Forms of Income”.

  5. missthemexpos - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Lets see if the Giants can repeat, without the outstanding contributions of this lady.

  6. segdirb - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Oh – let her keep the money and leave her alone. LOL

  7. dlevalley - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    According to the story, she was only caught because she forged a letter to Bank of America from the Giants organization explaining that all the extra money was given her as a Bonus for the Giants winning the series.

    The Bank was suspicious and forwarded the letter to the Giants front-office to double check… oops!

    • henryd3rd - Aug 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      Bank Of America got suspicious? Why didn’t they get suspicious when they were peddling all those toxic mortgage programs to their customers and then re-selling them to investors on Wall Street? Oh yeah! Things have changed and now Warren Buffet has to invest 5 Billion dollars to help them meet their government regulated capitol requirements.

      What a joke!!!! $1,500,000.00 Chump change! My question is how was she able to embezzle so much money and no one was aware of it until the Bank became suspicious? Seems like the Giant’s financial people were sleep at the wheel as well?

  8. redux23 - Aug 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    rowand and zito have been embezzling for years

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