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Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik pleads guilty to corruption

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

Days before his corruption trial was to begin, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik this morning admitted that he lied to the White House and said he would also admit to tax crimes.

Kerik in his Franklin Lakes home office earlier this summer (Photo by Jerry DeMarco)

A plea bargain Kerik cut with the government now resolves three pending federal trials in all — and could send the once highly regarded public servant to prison for more than two years.

However, Judge Stephen Robinson warned him that he didn’t have to follow the government’s recommendation and could put Kerik behind bars for five years.

Kerik nonetheless told the judge in White Plains that he would waive his right to appeal.

Kerik, who was police commissioner when New York was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, told the judge that he lied to the White House during the vetting process for his nomination by then-President Bush as secretary for Homeland Security in 2004.

He also said he would also admit to cheating the IRS, helping to prepare false tax returns and making other false statements to the federal government.

As part of his plea, he has agreed to file amended tax returns for 1999, 2003 and 2005.

At a funeral this summer for a slain Jersey City police officer (Photo by Jerry DeMarco)

Kerik this summer told CLIFFVIEW PILOT he was the victim of overzealous prosecutors out to make names for themselves: Travels with Bernie: Court of public opinion clears Kerik

Last month, the judge in the case revoked Kerik’s bail after the former police commissioner had given confidential court documents to someone who posted them online: Kerik, seething at prosecutors, now awaits trial in jail.

Last Friday, Kerik was released back into general custody after spending 10 days in the psychiatric unit at the Westchester County Jail. A doctor gave the judge a letter that Robinson made public about Kerik’s mental state: Bernie Kerik out of psych unit .

At home this summer with his Duke & Duchess

All of the photos here and in the linked stories are the exclusive property of CLIFFVIEW PILOT LLC, as are the direct quotes and reporting done with Mr. Kerik.

There can be no reproduction of the photographs without permission. Nor can any of the exclusive reporting be reprinted without a hyperlink to CLIFFVIEWPILOT.COM before the end of the second paragraph. Thank you.

If you are interested in any of the photographs, please Publisher/Editor Gerard (Jerry) DeMarco here at CLIFFVIEWPILOT.COM.

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