1/17/08

Writ-slap expected for police union embezzler

A former Seattle Police Officers' Guild bookkeeper pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $40,000 from the union, the U.S. attorney's office reported.

Tara Mullins, 37, of Renton, entered her plea and presented the government with a check for restitution at a hearing Tuesday. Mullins was a bookkeeper for the guild between February 2003 and November 2005.

Mullins paid $77,492, which represents the money she embezzled from an Employee Benefit Plan plus the audit expenses the guild paid, according to a news release.

Mullins prepared fraudulent checks and deposited them into her personal bank accounts, according to the release. In her plea agreement she admitted forging the signature of a guild officer as well as transferring funds from the guild account to her own PayPal account.

She faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced April 18.

(seattletimes.nwsource.com)

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