Former NY Top Cop Accused of Lying to White House

NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York City police Commissioner Bernard
Kerik (KEHR'-ihk) has been indicted on charges of making false
statements to White House officials vetting him for the position of
Department of Homeland Security secretary.

The indictment was handed up Tuesday by a federal grand jury in
Washington, D.C. It means Kerik will face trials in New York and
Washington.

Similar false-statement charges were brought as part of a larger
case in New York but were dismissed and transferred to Washington,
where prosecutors say the crimes occurred.

The indictment alleges Kerik falsely denied that as a public
official he had any financial dealings with contractors seeking to
do business with the city. Prosecutors say the contractors spent
more than $255,000 renovating Kerik's apartment.

Kerik lawyer Barry Berke calls the accusations unfounded and
says his client will be vindicated.


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