New York — Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik admitted in court Thursday that he lied to the White House while being considered for chief of Homeland Security.
Kerik, hailed as a hero after the 9/11 attack, also pleaded guilty to lying on tax returns, a loan application and a questionnaire he filled out when he was seeking a separate U.S. government position.
Under his plea bargain, which short-circuited as many as three federal trials, he was not required to plead guilty to the main corruption charges against him. Those charges will be dismissed.
In a low but firm voice, Kerik said “guilty” eight times as he admitted to eight felonies, including lying about paying taxes on his children’s nanny, hiding income from the Internal Revenue Service and faking a charitable contribution.
Kerik acknowledged failing to declare on his returns book royalties, consultant fees and the use of a BMW.