Indictment: Former chief took $115k from police department

Carl Mullen (Source: Boone County Detention Center)
Carl Mullen (Source: Boone County Detention Center)

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY (FOX19) - A former police chief who is facing charges for stealing money from his police department will be released from jail on Monday.

Carl Mullen, the former chief of Highland Heights, was arrested Friday for wire fraud and identity theft. He appeared in court on Monday, where he was released from custody on his own recognizance. He must wear an electronic monitoring device and may not have any guns or firearms in his home.

Mullen was indicted Thursday by the Federal Grand Jury out of the Eastern District of Kentucky in Covington for one count of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictment, from January 2010 through November 14, 2011, Mullen allegedly used credit cards in the name of the Highland Heights Southgate Police Authority and in the names of other members of his police department to steal over $115,000. The indictment alleges Mullen obtained the money in cash advances using these cards and kept the funds for himself.

The indictment claims Mullen falsely claimed these funds were for legitimate police investigations and directed the financial officer to pay the credit card balances each month in order to continue the fraud.

Mullen retired in January after the FBI started investigating allegations of mishandling money while in office, relating to credit cards.

Mullen faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. His trial is scheduled for Aug. 22.

Highland Heights Mayor Greg Meyers released a statement Saturday morning, saying:

This is an unfortunate situation. But it is one of the reasons we originally referred this matter to the FBI following the discovery of what appeared to be an accounting discrepancy in the budget of the Highland Heights-Southgate Police Authority.

Upon further investigation and after consulting city attorney Steve Franzen, I referred this matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The city is fully cooperating with the FBI in this matter.

Because this is an ongoing investigation, city officials will have no further comment at this time. 

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