Trump Pardons Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, Whose 4-Year Sentence Was Completed in 2014

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President Trump said on Tuesday February 18, 2020 that on Wednesday he will be granting a full pardon to former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was sentenced on tax fraud charges in 2010.

Kerik served as the NYPD’s top cop under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani from 2000 to 2001. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to eight felonies, including tax fraud and lying to the White House administration while being vetted for the role of Homeland Security chief in 2004. Kerik also served as Interior Minister of Iraq, but acknowledged that while Interior Minister, he accepted a $250,000 interest-free “loan” from Israeli billionaire Eitan Wertheimer and failed to report the loan.

Kerik completed the sentence of four years in prison (actually 3 years, 7 months at the U.S. minimum security prison camp in Cumberland, Maryland; and 5 months home confinement, ranging from May 2010 to March 2014). Federal sentencing guidelines recommended 27 to 33 months.

Just before Kerik was NYPD Police Commissioner, he was the Corrections Department Commissioner in 1999 and 2000. Prosecutors said that while Kerik was Corrections Department Commissiner, he accepted more than $255,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment from city contractors in exchange for speaking to city officials on the contractors’ behalf. He was also charged for providing “false and misleading answers” in his responses to White House officials after President George W. Bush nominated him for the Homeland Security job.



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