WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CN) – Bernard Kerik pleaded guilty today to lying to White House officials and said he would also admit to cheating on his taxes. The former New York City Police Commissioner’s plea bargain was expected to send him to federal prison for two to three years.
President George W. Bush nominated Kerik for Homeland Security secretary, but Kerik withdrew after accusations mounted that he had accepted thousands of dollars worth of gifts, including renovations to his apartment, when he was police commissioner.
Kerik lied to the White House before his nomination unraveled.
Today he told U.S. District Judge Stephen Robinson that he would admit to tax charges and refile his returns for three years.
Kerik could face more than 60 years in prison for the charges to which he pleaded guilty; Judge Robinson warned him that in sentencing him he was not bound by the terms of the plea bargain.