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Kerik Indicted For Lying To White House

Former Commissioner of the New York City Police Department Bernard Kerik exits the federal court in White Plains following his arraignment, Friday, Nov.9, 2007, in New York. (AP Photo / Louis Lanzano)
AP Photo/Louis Lanzano
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik has been indicted on charges of making false statements to White House Officials vetting him for the position of Homeland Security secretary.

The new indictment was handed up Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Washington, and means Kerik will face trials in New York and Washington, D.C.

Similar false statement charges were brought as part of the larger case in New York but were dismissed and transferred to Washington, where the crimes allegedly occurred.

The indictment alleges Kerik falsely denied to White House officials that as a public official he had any financial dealings with individuals seeking to do business the city. Prosecutors say contractors seeking to do business with the city spent more than $255,000 renovating Kerik's apartment.

Kerik's lawyer, Barry Berke, called the accusations unfounded and says his client will be completely vindicated.