Bernard Kerik: Ex-NYPD Boss Who Used 9/11 to Make Money is Freed, Plans a TV Movie and Book

Disgraced ex-NYPD commissioner and now ex-inmate Bernrd Kerik, 57, was moved from his Maryland prison to his home in New Jersey to serve out the remaining year of his four-year sentence. After serving 3 years and 11 days in prison, Kerik will spend his last year of custody confined to his home.

The former commissioner was an Rudy Giuliani protégé, heading the NYPD for 16 months in 2001-02 before being considered for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.

Kerik was sentenced to four years in prison in February 2010 on charges that he lied to the White House, filed false tax returns including royalties for his book The Lost Son, and lied about $255,000 in work done to his home by a mob-linked contractor, who he would later testify against. At sentencing the Judge blasted Kerik for having used his high-profile position in the 9/11 response effort for personal profit.

A spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons, the office with custody of Kerik, said he would be required to begin tasks related to his re-entry into society, such as getting a driver’s license and seeing family. Only 3,012 of the bureau's 218,000 inmates are now serving time at home, and even fewer do so without first passing through a halfway house. On Oct. 15th he will be released before his four years are up due to good behavior.

It is rumored that he may write one or multiple tell-all book(s) about his rise and fall, and has even said he is considering using his story for a TV movie. 


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Maxime Fischer-Zernin

Studying Political Science at Duke University (T. '15). His interests lie primarily in American national security and foreign policy. He is currently an Editor-at-Large for the Duke Political Review, and is a contributor for PolicyMic.com.

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