Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded not guilty last week to tax fraud charges.

Kerik, once President Bush’s top choice for Secretary of Homeland Security, was arraigned on a superseding indictment that added charges of preparing false tax returns. The former police and corrections commissioner was first indicted in November 2007 on charges of corruption, fraud, and making a false statement.

He is accused of failing to disclose a $250,000 loan and over $500,000 in income dating back to 1999. The superseding indictment charges him with lying to his accountant about his 2002 and 2005 taxes and making false statements on a home mortgage application.

The original indictment only contained allegations relating to his 2000 tax return.

Kerik is currently chairman of the Kerik Group, a security and counterterrorism consultancy.


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