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Ex-police chief pleads guilty, faces prison time

November 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded guilty to lying to the White House and to tax crimes in a deal that could send him to prison for about 2 1/2 years.

Kerik, who was police commissioner when New York was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, won glowing reviews for his leadership. He eventually was nominated for the Homeland Security post in 2004 but withdrew as corruption allegations mounted. The lies to the White House occurred during that vetting process.

Kerik denied to the White House that he'd had any financial dealings with firms trying to do business with the city. The tax charges included hiding income from his returns. Sentencing was set for Feb. 18.

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