NEW YORK (AP) — The former president of one of the nation’s largest police unions pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the union to fund a lavish lifestyle that prosecutors say included high-end restaurants and luxury personal items.
Ed Mullins, 61, of Port Washington, New York, entered the plea to a wire fraud charge in Manhattan federal court before Judge John G. Koeltl, who set sentencing for May 25 and signed an order requiring him to forfeit $600,000.
A plea agreement between Mullins and prosecutors recommended Mullins be sentenced to between two years, nine months in prison and three years, five months in prison.
Mullins resigned in October 2021 as head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association after the FBI searched the union’s Manhattan office and his Long Island home. The SBA, which represents about 13,000 active and retired sergeants, is the nation’s fifth-largest police union. He retired weeks later from the New York Police Department.
During his plea, Mullins confessed that he stole money by falsely inflating expense reports between late 2017 and October 2021. He did not comment as he left the courthouse. But he briefly paused in the rain so photographers could capture his image.
In court papers, prosecutors said Mullins stole money in part to pay for meals at high-end restaurants and to buy luxury personal items. Sometimes, they said, he charged personal supermarket bills to the union and counted costly meals with friends as business expenses.
His lawyer, Thomas Kenniff, said outside court that with the plea, his client “took a big step today towards righting his wrongs.”
Kenniff said he hoped that Mullins would ultimately be judged not by the criminal charge, but rather by good things he did for the city and NYPD during his career.
In a release, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Mullins reneged on his promise to look out for thousands of police sergeants by stealing “hundreds of thousands of dollars from them to fund his lavish lifestyle.”
See more food service industry news, reviews and products at FSX, the Food Service Exchange, the commercial food service industry’s go-to source for purchasing overstock, discontinued, and scratch-and-dent equipment and supplies, and you will be shocked at how good our prices are (an average discount of over 50% of today’s market price).
The FSX online marketplace provides restaurants, caterers, schools and other food service facilities with access to a wide assortment of products. The exchange allows for direct sales between pre-approved sellers and buyers, ensuring a seamless, reliable, and fast timely transaction process. Whether it is a model from a previous year or an item with a slight imperfection, buyers can purchase anything they need from our extensive pool of pre-selected, certified top equipment manufacturers and dealers. With Food Service Exchange, customers can expect premium equipment and supplies, amazing prices, timely shipping, and consistent satisfaction. Find out more information today about FSX Food Service Commercial Kitchen Equipment and Restaurant Supplies at 20 – 50% off market prices, with a minimum 90-day warranty. Plus, 5-star customer service reviews, unmatched 90-day warranty, and always free shipping!