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Woman Stole More than $40,000 from Accounts Used for Police Officers’ Benefits Plan

January 15, 2008

TARA MULLINS, 37, of Renton, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to Embezzlement from an Employee Benefit Plan. MULLINS worked as a bookkeeper for the Seattle Police Officers Guild from February 2003, until November 2005. Between September of 2004 and when she was fired in November 2005, MULLINS admits she embezzled $41,733 from guild funds, some of which were to be used to pay for employee benefits. When MULLINS is sentenced by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour on April 18, 2008, she faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

At her plea hearing today, MULLINS provided the government with a check for $77,492 in restitution which represents not only the money she embezzled, but the additional costs to the Seattle Police Officers Guild to audit the books, correct errors and defend against MULLINS’ legal claims following her firing. According to the plea agreement, MULLINS admits that she prepared fraudulent checks and deposited them into her personal bank accounts. MULLINS admits she forged the signature of a Guild officer on the forged checks. As part of the scheme MULLINS also transferred funds from Guild accounts to her own PayPal account for her personal use.

The case was investigated by the King County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Secret Service.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patricia Lally.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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