Yeah, I Figured That He Was a Corrupt SOB

The former union president, Edward D. Mullins, the combative longtime leader of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, sought reimbursement for hundreds of high-end meals, clothing, jewelry, home appliances and a relative’s college tuition, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said in a court filing.

In all, Mr. Mullins, 60, was reimbursed by the union over a recent four-year period for more than $1 million in expenses, the majority of which was fraudulently obtained, the government said.

The benevolent association is the fifth largest police union in the United States, with a membership of about 13,000 active and retired police sergeants in New York, the authorities said. Mr. Mullins had run and been elected as its president for five successive four-year terms, and around 2017, the government said, he devised a scheme to fund his personal expenses thorough the union’s money.

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Mr. Mullins, who surrendered to the F.B.I. on Wednesday morning, pleaded not guilty and was released on $250,000 bond at a brief hearing in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

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The prosecution represents the latest chapter in the swift collapse of the career of Mr. Mullins, a once influential police union official who retired on Nov. 5 after four decades with the department, the same day officials announced he had been found guilty of two departmental infractions and was fined $32,000 for violating rules governing the use of social media.

In one message Mr. Mullins had posted on Twitter, he made public an unredacted police report involving then-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara. In other messages, Mr. Mullins used vulgar language to denigrate city officials.

Mr. Mullins had quit his union position a month earlier, hours after his Long Island home and the union’s Manhattan headquarters were raided by F.B.I. agents. At the time, the union issued a statement acknowledging the search and saying that Mr. Mullins was “apparently the target” of a federal investigation.

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Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Mr. Mullins “abused his position of trust and authority to fund a lavish lifestyle that was paid for by the monthly dues of the thousands of hard-working sergeants of the N.Y.P.D.”

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He also maintained two copies of his credit card statements. The first, often labeled with a sticky note bearing the words “Clean Copy,” had no additional markings. The second, often labeled “Work Copy” or “Work Sheet,” included Mr. Mullins’s handwritten annotations, showing where he had changed the amount and at times the type of expense, the court filing said.

The “Work Copy” of Mr. Mullins’s April 2021 credit card statement, for example, shows that he changed a $45.92 charge from a wine bar in New Jersey to $845.92; and that he inflated a steakhouse bill from $609.89 to $909.89, the court filing said.

It said he also altered a $185.88 charge from a Long Island supermarket to a $685.88 charge at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan.

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