This Lady’s Plan To Embezzle $1.5 Million From The San Francisco Giants Was Not A Good One
Can nothing go right financially for California-based MLB teams? We know all about the Dodgers' woes, leading to fretting over whether the team would even make payroll. But it turns out another team - a team that's had a whole lot more go right it for it lately than the Dodgers have - had some issues of its own.
Robin O'Connor, the former payroll manager for the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants, got fired recently. The reason: doing the opposite of what a payroll manager - or a person who obeys the law - should do: allegedly embezzled over $1.5 million from the Giants' payroll (and already admitted to $600,000 of that total). Her plan for doing so: well, it wasn't too thorough, explaining why she got found out so easily:
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.
That's your master criminal plan?! You're putting unusually large deposits in your bank account, and that's the way you decide not to make it look suspicious? A letter that can be - and indeed was - easily proven fake? If we're hearing about embezzlement on this scale, we expect shady offshore bank accounts, middlemen, and possibly drug kingpins. And of course, a way more intense way of getting discovered than a home loan.
We guess it's good for the Giants, though, that O'Connor was caught before she could potentially do any more damage (reportedly, the embezzlement started June of last year). The amazingly mundane way the scandal ended still marks an end - luckily for the Giants, their money problems were much less systemic than those of the Dodgers. And yes, the fact that all these payroll issues happened to two California teams is a coincidence - but still, at this rate, if we were fans of the A's, Angels, or Padres, we'd be hoping not to hear anything about our team's payroll for a while.
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