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U2 Bassist's Former Assistant Found Guilty of Embezzlement

Carol Hawkins convicted of 181 counts of theft from Adam Clayton

July 2, 2012 10:40 AM ET
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Adam Clayton
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A former assistant for U2 bassist Adam Clayton has been found guilty of stealing around 2.8 million euros, or about $3.5 million, from the musician, reports the Press Association. Carol Hawkins was convicted in Dublin on 181 counts of theft ranging over a four-year period from 2004 to 2008.

Hawkins, who worked for Clayton for 17 years, was a signatory on two of the bassist's bank accounts and wrote checks to her own account to fund exotic holidays, designer goods, 22 horses and a Volkswagen Golf. She was exposed in 2008 after admitting she spent between 13,000 to 15,000 euros, or about $16,300 to $18,000, from Clayton's accounts to visit her children in the U.S. and London. Hawkins, released on bail, awaits sentencing on July 6th. 

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