In a shocking turn of events, the former president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), Edward Mullins, was sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in stealing more than $600,000.
The case sheds light on a stunning breach of trust within the ranks of law enforcement, as well as the consequences faced by individuals who abuse their positions of power. This article delves into the details of the case, Mullins’ actions, and the broader implications for union officials.
Edward Mullins’ downfall began when he pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in January. This plea paved the way for his sentencing, which took place recently and resulted in a two-year prison term. According to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, Mullins’ fraudulent activities spanned from 2017 to 2021.
Mullins held the position of SBA president from 2002 to October 2021, representing the interests of both former and present New York Police Department sergeants.
The SBA, a significant police union, plays a vital role in advocating for the rights and well-being of its members. However, Mullins’ actions betrayed the trust placed in him by the officers he was supposed to represent.
During his tenure as president, Mullins engaged in a deceptive scheme that involved filing fraudulent expense reports to siphon funds from the SBA. These phony expenses included high-end meals, luxury personal items, and clothing, all falsely categorized as SBA-related expenditures. By exploiting this method, Mullins managed to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars into his personal accounts.
Mullins’ actions not only undermined the financial stability of the SBA but also eroded the confidence that members had in their leadership.
Beyond the prison sentence, he was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. Furthermore, he is obligated to repay the stolen $600,000 to the SBA and forfeit an additional $600,000. This case sends a clear message that even high-ranking union bosses are not immune to the consequences of their actions.