Ex-police commissioner pleads not guilty

December 29, 2008 4:40:43 PM PST
Former New York Police Department commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he misled his tax accountant and lied to the government when he was a candidate to take over the Department of Homeland Security. Kerik entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court after federal prosecutors recently added the charges in a criminal case against him.

The new charges stem from allegations that he lied to his accountant about his taxes when filing returns for 2002 and 2005 and made false statements when applying for a home mortgage loan.

The new indictment said Kerik lied to the federal government when he was being interviewed for positions including Department of Homeland Security director and was asked if there was "anything embarrassing that he wouldn't want the public to know about."

"Nope, it's all in my book," Kerik replied, according to the indictment.

The comment was an apparent reference to "The Lost Son," in which he said he was abandoned by his prostitute mother and fathered a daughter while serving in Korea.

The new indictment, which replaces the previous one, says Kerik assisted in the preparation of false tax returns for 2002 and 2005.

He had initially been charged with that crime only in connection with his 2000 return.

He is accused of failing to declare income, taking a false charitable deduction and not declaring the value of a luxury sedan that was part of his pay as a consultant.

Kerik is awaiting trial on charges he accepted free apartment renovations, lied to the White House and filed false income tax returns.

A hearing on pretrial motions has been set for Feb. 3.

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