Ed Mullins, the ex-police union president of one of the nation’s largest police unions received two years in prison for his involvement in a $600,000 theft from a fund including contributions and donations from members of the Sergeants Benevolent Association.
Ex-Police Union President Receives 2 Years Imprisonment
The sentencing, which took place at Manhattan federal court, was handed down by Judge John G. Koeltl, who grappled with the complexity of the case, considering ex-police union president Mullins’ four-decade-long police career and his many charitable contributions against the crime he committed between 2017 and 2021.
As part of the sentence, ex-police union president Mullins was also ordered to forfeit $600,000 and pay the same amount in restitution.
Ex-police union president Mullins, 61, a resident of Port Washington, openly acknowledged his guilt earlier this year when he pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge. In his statement to the court, he expressed profound remorse, admitting to having “lost” himself in the course of carrying out the theft.
According to a published article, with no intention to make excuses for his actions, ex-police union president Mullins took full responsibility for the consequences of his actions.
The agreement between ex-police union president Mullins and the prosecutors stipulated a potential sentence of up to 3 1/2 years in prison, matching the prosecution’s recommendation.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), which represents approximately 13,000 active and retired sergeants, holds the distinction of being the nation’s fifth-largest police union. The theft committed by Mullins came as a significant blow to an organization that relied on his leadership.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Rothman presented the court with a vivid portrayal of ex-police union president Mullins, highlighting the stark contrast between his outward image as the union’s fearless leader and the reality of his actions behind closed doors. Rothman branded him a “thief” and a “liar,” reflecting on the extent of the deception that had taken place.
Ex-police union president Mullins’ fall from grace began in October 2021 when he resigned from his position at the SBA after the FBI conducted a search at the union’s Manhattan office and his Long Island residence. He subsequently retired from the New York Police Department, marking an ignominious end to his distinguished law enforcement career.
Ex-Police Union President Misused the Funds
The prosecution laid bare ex-police union president Mullins’ misuse of funds, revealing that he used the stolen money to finance lavish meals at upscale restaurants and indulge in luxury personal items, including expensive jewelry.
Shockingly, it was alleged that ex-police union president Mullins went so far as to charge personal supermarket bills to the union. He also falsely claimed costly meals with friends as legitimate business expenses.
In defense of his client, Thomas Kenniff, ex-police union president Mullins’ lawyer, emphasized that despite his client’s yearly salary of roughly $250,000, he did not lead a lavish lifestyle.
Kenniff painted a picture of a man now humbled by the shame and remorse he must endure as a consequence of his actions.
As ex-police union president Mullins exited the courthouse, he refrained from making any comments. However, in a public release, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams asserted that the sentence sent a clear message that even high-ranking union leaders are not above the law, and justice will prevail, regardless of one’s position.