Saturday, July 1, 2006

Former NYC Police Commissioner Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Corruption Charges

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was briefly advanced in 2004 to serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, entered a guilty plea to two misdemeanor corruption counts in New York Supreme Court in the Bronx.  The two charges relate to Kerik accepting $165,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment from Interstate Industrial Corp., a business reportedly linked to organized crime that was seeking city contracts, and failing to report a $28,000 loan from a developer.  Kerik will pay a $221,000 fine, but no prison sentence or other form of confinement was imposed.  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, under whom Kerik worked and a strong supporte of himr, is quoted in an AP story (here) stating, "Bernard Kerik has acknowledged his violations, but this should be evaluated in light of his service to the United States of America and the City of New York."  Kerik withdrew from the Homeland Security position when it came out that he had not paid taxes related to a nanny (the old Zoe Baird problem for those who remember President Clinton's first nominee for Attorney General) who may have been in the country illegally.  (ph)

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