The disgraced ex-head of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association is asking a judge to impose a no-jail penalty at his sentencing in an embezzlement case next month.
Ed Mullins, 61, in January copped to stealing $600,000 from the union he helmed — submitting inflated expense reports between 2017 and 2021 and using money for high-end meals, clothes, jewelry, home appliances and a relative’s college tuition.
Mullin’s lawyer Thomas Kenniff said his client’s 39 years of public service, otherwise spotless criminal record and other factors warrant leniency, according to a Thursday letterto Manhattan federal Judge John Koeltl.
“While the stain of this conviction will forever tarnish Mr. Mullins’ SBA tenure, it does not define it,” Kenniff wrote. “Nor must it erase the many years of faithful service he devoted to the SBA, and the successes the organization achieved under his leadership.”
Mullins pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and promised not to appeal any sentence that’s 41 months or less.
He faces up to 20 years in prison at his Aug. 3 sentencing, but is likely to face far less since his plea came with a guideline sentence of 33 to 41 months. However, the judge is not bound by that range and can dole out a penalty above or below it.
Mullins — who was the head of the union for almost 20 years — “is ashamed of his actions and has accepted responsibility for his conduct,” the letter says.
And Mullins has been “shamed” in the media, has lost the reputation he built over his career and has been financially ruined, Kenniff pointed out.
As part of the plea deal, Mullins must not only pay back the money he stole but also pay another $600,000 in forfeitures.
“Mullins stands to lose his home and his retirement savings as a result,” the lawyer said.
And since the only job Mullins has managed to get after being charged is “delivering used cars for an hourly wage,” Kenniff says his client will have an even harder time making money if he does prison time.
Mullins’ prior May sentencing date was put off so he could complete a 14-week pre-sentencing program run by the Focus Forward Project that helps convicts prepare for life behind bars and re-entry into society afterward. Kenniff said Mullins successfully completed that course.
“We ask for Your Honor’s leniency in fashioning an appropriate sentence that will achieve the goals of sentencing, while affording Mr. Mullins the opportunity to begin his comeback,” Kenniff concluded in the letter.