In a stunning case of betrayal, the former president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), the country’s fifth-largest police union, has been sentenced to two years in prison for orchestrating an elaborate embezzlement scheme that saw him pilfer over $600,000 from the organization.
Edward Mullins’ downfall serves as a stark reminder that even those in positions of authority are not immune to the consequences of their actions. Edward Mullins, who helmed the SBA from 2002 to October 2021, admitted guilt in January to a count of wire fraud.
His sentencing took place on Thursday, delivering a clear message that justice will prevail. The press release from the US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, outlined the extent of Mullins’ deception. Between 2017 and 2021, Mullins ingeniously exploited his position to managed to divert more than $600,000 into his own pockets.
Members’ annual dues, meant to support the organization and its endeavors, were instead used to reimburse Mullins’ personal expenses. The laundry list of dishonesty reads like a catalogue of indulgence. Mullins systematically filed false expenses for lavish dining experiences, upscale clothing, and opulent personal items, masquerading them as SBA-related expenditures.
But his deceit didn’t end there. He consistently inflated the costs of these fabricated expenses, treating the SBA as his personal treasury, prosecutors revealed. As the gavel fell on his sentencing, Mullins was not only condemned to two years behind bars but also to three years of supervised release.
The financial repercussions are equally substantial, as he has been ordered to reimburse the SBA the ill-gotten $600,000 and forfeit an additional $600,000. The judicial system’s decisive action sends a resounding message that integrity and trust are non-negotiable, regardless of one’s stature.
Thomas A. Kenniff, Mullins’ attorney, acknowledged the unfortunate situation while highlighting his client’s past merits.
The repercussions of Mullins’ actions reverberate beyond his personal circumstances. The SBA, an organization meant to advocate for the rights and well-being of New York Police Department sergeants, now faces a daunting path to rebuilding trust.
US Attorney Damian Williams emphasized the significance of the case, affirming that no individual, regardless of their stature, is immune to accountability. As today’s sentence demonstrates, no one, not even high-ranking union bosses, is above the law.
The sentencing of Edward Mullins underscores the unwavering commitment to upholding justice and reinforces the principle that integrity and honesty are sacrosanct, irrespective of one’s position within society.