06/30/2006

Former NY comissioner pleads guilty to corruption

By TOM HAYS

NEW YORK- A year and a half after his Homeland Security nomination sank over ethics questions, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded guilty Friday to charges he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in gifts while he was a top city official.

Kerik pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanors in a deal that spared him any jail time. He instead was ordered to pay $221,000 in fines at the 10-minute hearing.

Kerik acknowledged accepting $165,000 worth of renovations on his Bronx apartment from a company attempting to do business with the city a New Jersey construction firm with alleged links to the mob. He also admitted failing to report a loan as required by city law.

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