At the end of last month, the former payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants baseball team was arrested and charged with wire fraud and fraud in connection with a computer after an accounts payable audit confirmed she had misappropriated more than $1.5 million from player accounts, The Associated Press reports.
The team performed the AP audit after the employee, Robin O'Connor, applied for a loan and provided a forged letter from the Giants' human resources manager to explain the large deposits into her account. Her scheme was exposed when the bank contacted the Giants to confirm.
The embezzlement occurred over a yearlong period, between June 2010 and June of this year. The audit identified a total of 11 suspicious deposits made over that time period, according to the news source.
In a recent statement, the team confirmed that O'Connor had been fired as a result of her actions. Initially, O'Connor admitted to stealing $600,000 and repaid the money. However, the San Francisco Post Chronicle reports that a recovery audit by the FBI discovered further accounting discrepancies, revealing the full scope of her embezzlement.
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