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.