NEW YORK (AP)
Bernard Kerik, the police commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani who nearly became head of the Homeland Security Department, will surrender to federal authorities Friday on criminal charges, an official said Thursday.
A federal law enforcement official said prosecutors plan to announce the filing of an indictment against Kerik at a news conference tomorrow. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of grand jury proceedings.
Prosecutors have been presenting evidence to a federal grand jury in White Plains to consider charges against Kerik including tax evasion and corruption.
Kerik's attorney, Kenneth Breen, declined to comment Thursday on the grand jury proceedings.
Authorities have alleged that Kerik took tens of thousands of dollars in services from benefactors and never reported it as income. Earlier this year, he rejected a plea deal, and his attorney insisted he had done nothing wrong.
A second person familiar with the investigation said Kerik will turn himself in tomorrow morning and be arraigned at noon in U.S. District Court.
Kerik was a former undercover police officer with a bodybuilder's physique and a knack for charming people in high places such as Rudy Giuliani and even President Bush. But since his meteoric rise, Bernard Kerik has turned radioactive.
In the past three years, a string of revelations about Kerik's personal and professional improprieties have embarrassed his supporters and fueled criminal prosecutions, including the tax evasion and corruption charges.
An indictment would be the latest chapter of a downfall that began within days of Kerik's nomination in 2004 to head the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, he was billed by the former mayor as a no-nonsense, self-made lawman who helped restore calm following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
But the nomination was confronted with news reports about stock-option windfalls, his connections with people suspected of doing business with the mob and overlapping extramarital affairs with two women: Judith Regan, the publisher of his memoir, and a city correction officer. The liaisons reportedly occurred in an apartment near ground zero that had been set aside for rescue workers.
Kerik, 51, who married his current wife in 1998 and has two children with her, apparently became close with Regan while writing "The Lost Son," in which he described being abandoned by his prostitute mother.