A bookkeeper who stole over $40,000 from the union that represents Seattle's police officers was sentenced this morning to four months in federal prison.

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A bookkeeper who stole over $40,000 from the union that represents Seattle’s police officers was sentenced this morning to four months in federal prison.

Tara Mullins, 37 of Renton, has already paid nearly $77,500 in restitution following her guilty plea in January to embezzlement from an employee benefit plan, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Seattle. She not only paid back the money she stole from the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild over two years, but also repaid the costs of a financial audit and the guild’s legal costs to defend against Mullins’ wrongful-termination lawsuit that she filed against the guild after her firing in November 2005.

Mullins admitted to forging checks and transferring funds to her own accounts and using some of the money to buy TV and movie memorabilia, including “Star Trek” paraphernalia, according to government attorneys. She also failed to send death benefits to the family of a fallen officer.

Mullins, who is five weeks pregnant, is expected to begin serving her sentence in four to six weeks — but should be released in time to deliver her baby outside prison walls. Mullins, who began working for the police union in February 2003, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release.