Former police chief admits to stealing money from his department

Former chief Carl Mullen pleads guilty to stealing money
Carl Mullen (Source: Boone County Detention Center)
Carl Mullen (Source: Boone County Detention Center)

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A former Highland Heights police chief has pled guilty to charges that he stole money from his department.

In court on Friday, Carl Mullen admitted to the judge that got $127,390 in cash advances off of his fellow officers city issued credit cards. In addition, Mullen admitted to using one of his officers ID cards to get some of the cash advances.

Mullen pled guilty to wire fraud and identity theft charges.

He was indicted more than three months ago 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.

He allegedly applied for 14 police department credit cards and kept seven of them for himself. He would then go to ATMs and withdraw cash and kept it for his personal use. When the bills came in, they went to him and he approved them then sent them to the city's financial officer who paid them. This went on for 22 months.

While in court, prosecutors revealed that Mullen had another bank account set up under Highland Heights Police Investigations where he took an additional $11,830.

Mullen was granted by the judge to remove his electronic monitoring device. Mullen said in court that the device was interfering with going to work.

Mullen will face sentencing on Dec. 17.

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