File this one under stupid (alleged) criminals who are also world champions: The KGO-TV I-Team has more.
Robin O'Connor worked in the Giants front office for four years. She's 41 years old, married, has two small children, and until last month was a payroll manager for the team with an annual salary of $80,000.
The affidavit from an FBI special agent says she embezzled $1,513,836.28 from the Giants' payroll between June 2010 and June 2011. The formal charges — wire fraud and fraud in connection with a computer.
"They're felonies, so they're not the most serious felonies, but they do carry a penalty of up to five years in federal prison per count," said ABC7 legal analyst Dean Johnson.
Here's how the scheme unraveled. Last month, O'Connor applied for a loan to buy a house in San Diego. The affidavit says she forged a letter from the Giants' HR manager, explaining large deposits into O'Connor's account "Because of her outstanding contributions ... that assisted us in accomplishing our goal of winning the 2010 World Series, she was given two additional payments of compensation in May 2011." $100,090.71 and $200,348.89.
When the lender, Bank of America, sent a copy of the letter to the Giants for confirmation, it was over.
If it's any consolation to Ms. O'Connor, who declined (quite politely) to speak to KGO-TV, the weird numbers she tacked on to her large lump sums almost make them blend in. If she can come up with a reasonable, inconspicuous number under $10, Deadspin will purchase that forged letter from her. $6.17, maybe? $4.02? The possibilities are endless.