The Associated Press reports that Kerik was nominated to head up the Department of Homeland Security in 2004, after being nominated to the post by Rudy Giuliani.
During the vetting process that anyone applying for sensitive positions must go through, he made statements that were later proved false.
His charges were divided into 3 different categories:
- Corruption (and these charges were later dropped)
- Lying to the White House
- Tax crimes
Kerik’s Tax Crimes
Kerik pleaded guilty to the following tax crimes:
- Lying about paying taxes on his children’s nanny
- Hiding income from the Internal Revenue Service
- Faking a charitable contribution
- Failing to declare on his returns book royalties, consultant fees and the use of a BMW
The Associated Press writes, “Kerik could be fined in addition to being sentenced to prison. He has already agreed to pay nearly $188,000 in restitution and to resummit his personal tax returns for six years, paying past-due taxes and penalties.”
You can read the Associated Press article : “Former NYC Police Commissioner Kerik pleads guilty” here
Want to read more about Police Chief Bernard Kerik and his tax charges?
- Ex-NYC top cop Kerik pleads guilty to lying, tax evasion at USA Today
- Kerik Pleasds Guilty in Corruption Case at New York Times
- Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik Pleads Guilty to Eight Felonies in White Plains Federal Courtat Reuters
Do you think that our elected officials in public service should pay the same amount of taxes as the regular worker in the private sector? Does it anger you when people in positions of privilege and power use for self serving gain and personal enrichment?