U2 may have asked how to dismantle an atomic bomb on a recent album, but from 2004 to 2008 Carol Hawkins dismantled U2 bassist Adam Clayton’s finances.
Hawkins, a domestic aide Clayton hired to attend to his south Dublin mansion, was sentenced Friday for embezzling $3.6 million from Clayton’s bank accounts to fund pricey purchases such as first-class flights, a car, university educations for her children and nearly two dozen thoroughbred horses.
Hawkins had been found guilty last week on 181 counts of writing checks from Clayton’s bank account for personal purchases, and Friday an Irish jury unanimously sentenced her to a seven-year sentence. According to the Associated Press, Judge Patrick McCartan said that, “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.”
Clayton did not appear at the sentencing, but had previously testified that he knew nothing about her expenditures and gave her access to his accounts only to allow her to pay expenses related to his domestic upkeep. The judge ordered Hawkins to use funds from the sale of a New York apartment to begin paying back the amount she embezzled.