Former NYC Police Commissioner Sentenced to 48 Months Prison

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PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, JOSEPH M. DEMAREST, JR., the
Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and PATRICIA J. HAYNES,
the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office,
Criminal Investigation, Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”),
announced today that BERNARD B. KERIK, the former Commissioner of
the New York City Police Department and Department of
Corrections, was sentenced today in White Plains federal court to
48 months in prison in connection with eight felonies. He was
ordered to surrender on May 17, 2010.

KERIK was sentenced by United States District Judge
STEPHEN C. ROBINSON in connection with the following federal
crimes: one count of obstructing and impeding the due
administration of the internal revenue laws from 1999 to 2007,
one count of aiding in the preparation of a false tax return (for
the 2000 tax year), one count of making a false statement on a
loan application, and five counts of making false statements to
the federal government. Two of the false statement counts relate
to materially false statements that KERIK made to White House
officials vetting him for the position of Secretary of the United
States Department of Homeland Security.

At KERIK’s plea hearing on November 5, 2009, he
admitted, among other things, that in 1999 and 2000 he received
substantial renovations to his Riverdale apartment through

Interstate (a metropolitan area-contractor) and conceded that
Interstate paid approximately $255,000 for the renovations.
KERIK also admitted that around the same time, he contacted New
York City regulators concerning Interstate, which at the time was
seeking various approvals to do business in and/or with New York
City. KERIK further admitted that he failed to report the value
of the renovations he received through Interstate on his federal
tax returns. And KERIK admitted that he made false statements to
the White House concerning the renovations he received on his
Riverdale apartment and his relationship with Interstate when he
was being vetted for the position of Secretary of the United
States Department of Homeland Security.

“It is a very sad day when the former Commissioner of
the greatest police department in the world is sentenced to
prison for base criminal conduct. Today’s sentencing of Bernard
Kerik is one of the most powerful recent reminders that no one in
this country is above the law,” said United States Attorney
BHARARA.

Assistant FBI Director DEMAREST said, “The sentence
imposed today reflects the gravity of Bernard Kerik’s crimes. By
his own admission, Kerik committed serious felonies while heading
the nation’s largest police department. Ethically, a high-level
law enforcement official should be held to a higher standard of
conduct than the general public. The legal standard is not as
high, but it is iron-clad: No public official can behave as if he
is above the law.”

Special Agent in Charge HAYNES of the IRS, Criminal
Investigation Division, said, “Today’s sentencing emphasizes
how the Internal Revenue Service continues to work with the FBI
and U.S. Attorney’s office to vigorously pursue those who use
fraudulent methods in an attempt to corrupt our tax system. It
is imperative that honest taxpayers know everyone will be held
accountable to pay their fair share of taxes and that no one is
above the tax laws.”

KERIK, 54, was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised
release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $187,931.
Mr. BHARARA praised the investigative work of the FBI
and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. Mr. BHARARA also
thanked the New York City Department of Investigation, the Bronx
District Attorney’s Office, the New Jersey Division of Gaming
Enforcement, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the
District of Columbia for their assistance.
Assistant United States Attorneys ELLIOTT B. JACOBSON,
PERRY A. CARBONE, and MICHAEL S. BOSWORTH are in charge of the
prosecution.
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