Former NKY chief pleads guilty to fraud, faces up to 22 years in prison
COVINGTON, OHIO — A former Highland Heights police chief admitted to stealing more than $127,000 from his department.
The FBI has been asked to investigate an "accounting discrepancy" in the Highland Heights-Southgate Police Authority, Highland Heights Mayor Gregory Meyers said in a release Wednesday.
Carl Mullen, 49, pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to wire fraud and aggravated
identity theft before U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves.
Mullen, a longtime chief of the Highland Heights Police Department and the
Southgate Police Authority, admitted he fraudulently obtained over $115,600 in cash
advances for personal use.
He admitted he used credit cards issued to the police authority and individual officers within his department to obtain the advances. Mullen not only used
these credit cards improperly but he falsely certified each month that the cash withdrawals were for legitimate police expenses.
In addition, Mullen admitted to stealing over $11,700 from a police authority
account designated for criminal investigations. These thefts occurred from January 2010 through November 2011.
Some city officials said they suspected something was amiss.
"I hope that people realize we are trying to do the right thing now," said City Councilwoman Sandy Shaw. "I'm sorry people didn't listen to a few of us, because there were a few of us that questioned him a long time ago."
Mullen was indicted in June. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 17. He faces up to 22 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
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