NY Police Chief Jailed For Tax Fraud

February 19, 2010 Taxation in USA

Flat Stanley Has a Run in with the LawBernard Kerik, the former New York Police Commissioner, has been given a four year jail sentence after pleading guilty to eight separate felonies, including tax fraud and deceiving White House officials.

The US Prosecutor’s Office revealed on February 18th that Bernard Kerik has been given jail time after hiding USD255 000 he was gifted by a construction firm. It was alleged that in exchange for the gift Bernard Kerik contacted several government regulators to recommend the firm to receive government contracts; though he never disclosed the payments in his tax returns. He is currently confined to his residence, and the prosecution has recommended that the prison sentence begin immediately. Further, the ex-Commissioner has been order to pay USD187 931 in restitution, along with the unpaid taxes and six years worth of IRS penalties.

Bernard Kerik rose to prominence when he was the Police Commissioner during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York. In 2004 he was nominated by President George W Bush to the position of US Secretary of Homeland Security. Ironically, his tax fraud and corruption was not discovered until he was vetted for the position. It was also alleged that he deliberately deceived White House officials in his examination and application to the role.

The case prosecutor had recommended a maximum sentence of 33 months for Kerik, though the judge exceeded this, saying “…the fact that Mr Kerik would use that event [September 11] for personal gain and aggrandisement is a dark place in the soul for me.”

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