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U2 Bassist's Former Assistant Gets Seven Years in Prison

Carol Hawkins was found guilty of 181 counts of theft earlier this week

July 6, 2012 3:15 PM ET
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After being found guilty of 181 counts of theft earlier this week, a former assistant for U2 bassist Adam Clayton has been sentenced to seven years in prison, reports the Associated Press. Hawkins had stolen around 2.8 million euros, or about $3.5 million, from Clayton between 2004 and 2008, using the swiped funds on exotic holidays, designer goods, 22 horses, a Volkswagen Golf and other expenses.

"Nothing, frankly, could explain away the scale of this dishonesty other than the greed in pursuit of a lavish lifestyle that was no responsibility of Mr. Clayton's," said Judge Patrick McCartan. "These were crimes rooted in greed and nothing else. Whether she was a fool or clever person really matters very little."

Hawkins must also relinquish profits from a sale of a New York City apartment to Clayton. She worked for the bassist for almost 17 years after meeting him in 1992.

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