During the last year and a half of his three years as treasurer of Cranston Heights Fire Company, Harry V. McMullen stole more than $350,000. On Thursday a federal judge sentenced McMullen, 41, of Wilmington, to prison for two and a half years and ordered him to repay all the money he embezzled.
A tearful McMullen first appeared to apologize, then lashed out at his former colleagues, then apologized again.
While his attorney, Joseph Hurley, said McMullen had a serious gambling problem, and an expert testified to McMullen’s addiction, McMullen never mentioned it.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Beth Moskow-Schnoll said in court that McMullen never admitted to taking all the money he stole. She said he claimed to have repaid much of it but he had no records to back that up.
That prompted McMullen to admit he was “totally wrong.”
“Like Ms. Moskow- Schnoll said, I need to take responsibility. I’m very sorry for what I’ve done,” he said. “I don’t have the words.”
Moskow-Schnoll said the fire company in Prices Corner lost more than just the cash McMullen took. After news of his thefts spread, donations to the volunteer company dropped substantially.