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Lessons of a Giant $1.5M Theft: How to Handle Sticky-Fingered Staff

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Remember the heroes of last year’s World Series-winning San Francisco Giants team—Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson … Robin O’Connor.

Don’t remember Ms. O’Connor? The Giants’ $80,000-a-year payroll manager must have played a pivotal role in the Series because she got a huge bonus—$1,513,836 between June 2010 and June 2011, according to KGO-TV in San Francisco.

giantsIn reality, that compensation was all her imagination. According to a federal affidavit, O'Connor embezzled that money from the players' paychecks. She was fired in July after working for the team for four years.

O’Connor got caught when, in the process of applying for a home loan, she forged a letter from the Giants' HR director that said she was given extra compensation last year “because of her outstanding contributions ... that assisted us in accomplishing our goal of winning the 2010 World Series.” The jig was up when the lender sent a copy of the letter to...(register to read more)

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