Bernard Kerik Indicted

Federal prosecutors charge Rudolph Giuliani crony with 16 counts

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Bernard Kerik Indicted

NOVEMBER--Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner and current Rudolph Giuliani political albatross, was indicted today on a slew of federal criminal charges. Kerik, 52, was named in a 16-count indictment charging him with, among other felonies, fraud, tax evasion, obstruction, filing a false loan application, and making an assortment of false statements when applying for various federal posts, including Homeland Security secretary.

A copy of the indictment, unsealed in U.S. District Court in White Plains, New York, can be found here.

Kerik is accused of corruptly accepting money and 'other things of value' in exchange for using his public post to benefit a company seeking municipal business. He was also charged with concealing from the Internal Revenue Service more than $500,000 in income, including about $75,000 he received for a book forward he wrote.

Additionally, in 2003, Kerik allegedly falsely told his accountant that he made $80,000 in charitable contributions, information that was later used in the preparation of a false tax return.

Six counts in the indictment refer to false statements Kerik made while seeking several federal jobs, including a position with the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority and the Homeland Security chief's job. These alleged lies involved Kerik's tangled financial dealings and his failure to withhold taxes from a household employee. (29 pages)