Former Giants employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants' former payroll manager pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling $2.2 million from the team.

Robin M. O'Connor, 42, of American Canyon in Napa County, pleaded guilty in San Francisco federal court to a single felony charge of wire fraud.

O'Connor admitted diverting payroll meant for employees — including players — to her personal account by creating false paychecks, reducing workers' tax withholding without their consent and other means, between June 2010 and June 2011. Authorities didn't identify the employees affected.

O'Connor remains free on $500,000 bond is scheduled to be sentenced March 5. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

She has agreed to forfeit a 2011 BMW 335, a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck and more than $465,000 seized from three bank accounts. O'Connor had previously returned $608,000 to the Giants.

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