The former payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants recently pleaded guilty to embezzling $2.2 million from the team.
An accounts payable audit conducted earlier this year found Robin O'Connor had misappropriated the money between June 2010 and June of this year. O'Connor carried out the embezzlement by creating false paychecks, reducing workers' tax withholdings without their consent and giving herself unapproved raises.
Her activities were called into question when she applied for a loan and provided a forged letter from the team's human resources manager to explain the large deposits into her account.
"Because of her outstanding contributions to our Major League Baseball team and front office during the 2010 season … she was given two additional payments of compensation in May 2011," the letter said.
The bank subsequently contacted the Giants to confirm, which revealed O'Connor's scheme.
Initially, the disgraced payroll manager admitted to stealing $600,000, which she repaid. However, a recovery audit by the FBI uncovered further accounting discrepancies and revealed the full scope of the misappropriation, according to the San Francisco Post Chronicle.