John Mulinski, 61, Was Found Guilty of Wire Fraud and Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison
John Mulinski is a contractor accused of defrauding homeowners and employees across multiple states, including Montana. He was recently found guilty of three counts of wire fraud and sentenced to 57 months in prison for his crimes.
He is suspected in four fraud cases within Kittitas County and another case with the Cle Elum Police Department that may involve him. All these cases involve construction companies doing remodels or insurance-funded repairs/upgrades to residences; law enforcement believes there may be additional victims in the county as well.
Early Life and Education
John Robert Mulinski, 61 years old, is serving time for a string of felonies. He pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree theft – the most serious requiring a five year sentence.
Mulinski has been a pillar of the community, volunteering his services to those in need and participating in numerous charity golf events. Additionally, he is an enthusiastic supporter of local schools and sports teams.
Last autumn, the Montana Department of Labor & Industry began investigating Mulinski following numerous complaints from homeowners and ex-employees across the Flathead Valley. After one month had elapsed since his disappearance from investigators’ eyes, interviews with former employees and residents in several counties have revealed numerous details not found in his office cubicle. As a result, his contractor’s license has already been suspended by the state.
John Mulinski was a professional basketball player from 1985 to 2001. He began his career with the Golden State Warriors from 1986-87 before joining Jim Boeheim and joining him were later the Indiana Pacers.
Three-time All-NBA selection, he also earned his place on the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team that won gold medals in 1984 and 1992.
Mullin earned three Big East Player of the Year titles and received the Wooden Award during his playing career. Additionally, he was part of the legendary “Dream Team” from 1984.
In 2010, The Missoula Beacon revealed allegations made by several Montana contractors that Mulinski had orchestrated scams across the state. He owes more than $182,000 in fines for contractor registration violations and $125,000 in delinquent workers’ compensation insurance premiums to the Montana Department of Labor and Industries.
Achievements and Honors
John Mulinski had a distinguished career in the construction industry. Additionally, he served as member of Congress and founded the Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG) with his colleagues.
He holds an LL.B from the University of Connecticut School of Law and serves on the State Fire Administrator’s Council, Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission and Governor’s Environmental Quality Advisory Committee.
Last month, he pleaded guilty to three counts of theft. As well as serving time in prison, he was ordered to pay nearly $950,000 in restitution and lost his contractor’s license to operate in Montana.
John Mulinski was the proud owner and operator of several high-end construction companies, but his venture wasn’t without its share of issues. A recent investigation by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office revealed that 58 year old has accrued hundreds of thousands in fines for contractor registration violations as well as delinquent workers’ compensation insurance premiums.
On the home front, he is a dedicated family man and faithful spouse to his beautiful wife of over 40 years, Judith Ann (Whittle) Mulinski. In his free time he works hard as a philanthropist, donating to charities. Some of his greatest accomplishments include spearheading an impressive donation by a local construction firm as well as founding membership in both Northwest Building Trades Association and American Institute of Architects.
In December, he was found guilty of three felony wire fraud charges and sentenced to 57 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $138,000 in restitution for his crimes.
He defrauded employees, homeowners and media companies of more than $1 million over eight years. Additionally, he owes the state substantial amounts in fines and unpaid workers’ compensation premiums.
King County prosecutors accuse Mulinski of defrauding at least 15 subcontractors and two homeowners over a 10-year period. For instance, in one Woodinville case, authorities allege that the contractor overcharged homeowners by nearly $822,000 on their major remodel. He then failed to pay his contractors, leading them to file liens against the homeowners.