Rudy's Top Cop to Be Indicted

Giuliani pal and former New York police commissioner faces corruption charges
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2007 6:57 AM CST
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, center, talks with New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, right, before dedicating a public viewing platform overlooking the site of the World Trade Center attacks Dec....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Federal prosecutors expect to have an indictment by the end of the week against  Giuliani pal Bernard Kerik for accepting illegal gifts when he was New York City corrections chief and police commissioner. The charges include tax evasion, tax fraud and public corruption, the Washington Post reports. The charges are said to be going to a grand jury today, and an indictment could be handed down as early as tomorrow.

The charges center on gifts, including $165,000 in apartment renovations in 1999 from a New Jersey company linked to the mob that allegedly sought Kerik's help to compete in city bids. Kerik pleaded guilty last year to a state ethics charge in connection with the gifts. Kerik's attorney said any charges will be fought vigorously. Kerik rose from being a detective to top cop to a partner in Giuiliani's firm.