Carol Hawkins, the former housekeeper and PA to U2's Adam Clayton, has been jailed for seven years for embezzlement. Hawkins extracted around $3.5 million from the star's accounts.
Carol Hawkins was employed as a PA and sometime housekeeper to U2's Adam Clayton. This week she was imprisonment for stealing several million dollars on multiple occasions from the U2 band member's personal accounts. In total, RTE reports, Ms Hawkins was convicted of 181 counts of theft over a four-year timescale. Throughout the trial, Ms Hawkins protested her innocence.
Adam Clayton first became suspicious of the loss of funds in 2009 and, as RTE reported at the time, took the matter to the Irish High Court. It took until this year for the matter to be heard, although during this time Ms Hawkins' assets were frozen.
The court hearing took place at the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin and the verdict of guilty was delivered by a jury.
The Daily Mail recounts that Carol Hawkins, aged 48, stole the money in order to fund a lifestyle which could match those of the rich and famous that she had become acquainted with.
According to the BBC, the judge, Patrick McCartan, in sentencing Ms Hawkins, said that her crimes were "rooted in greed and nothing else".
The judge went on to state, according to The Guardian, "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."
Adam Clayton (born 1960) is a founding member of U2, along with Bono, Larry Mullen Jr, and the Edge. Clayton plays bass guitar. The Irish band have released 12 studio albums and are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards,