Kerik To Plead Guilty

From Holden:

The man George Bush chose to oversee the reconstruction of Iraqi police forces and to succeed Tom Ridge as head of Fatherland Security is set to plead guilty to corruption charges.

Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, is close to reaching an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to having accepted improper gifts totaling tens of thousands of dollars while he was a city official in the late 1990’s, two people with information on the plea negotiations said yesterday.

Under the proposed agreement, Mr. Kerik would plead guilty to failing to report accepting roughly $200,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment — a violation of the city’s administrative code. The work, officials have said, was paid for by a New Jersey construction company that the city had long accused of having ties to organized crime.

Mr. Kerik, 50, who accepted the gift when he served as correction commissioner under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, will not face jail time, but is expected to pay a substantial fine, those with information about the case said. He is also expected to admit having failed to report receiving a loan.

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The builder who did the work, Tim Woods of Woods Restoration Services, testified that Interstate paid for roughly $200,000 in renovations to the apartment, in Riverdale, his lawyer said. Through his lawyer, Mr. Kerik previously has said that he paid all the bills he received from the builder, which he has said amounted to roughly $30,000.

The New Jersey gambling officials, who have been investigating Interstate for nearly 10 years, contended in the court papers last year that Mr. Kerik had sought to help a subsidiary of the company obtain a New York City license to operate a construction debris transfer station. But the license was ultimately denied by city regulators.

They said in the court papers that Mr. Kerik, on Interstate’s behalf, had met with the city’s chief trade waste regulator, Raymond V. Casey, from whom the company was seeking the license. Mr. Kerik also made his office at the Correction Department available for Interstate’s meetings with Mr. Casey’s investigators, according to the court papers.

Mr. Kerik also gave advice about Interstate’s pending regulatory issues, the officials said, and the company’s license applications were faxed to his office.

Hat-tip to QuentinCompson.