CUMBERLAND, Md., May 17 (UPI) -- Bernie Kerik, a former New York Police Commissioner who was nominated to head the Department of Homeland Security, Monday began a prison term for tax fraud.
Kerik, 54, who gained national stature for his performance as police commissioner after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, is serving a four-year sentence at a federal minimum-security prison in Cumberland, Md., ABC News reported.
The network reported Kerik had nothing to say to reporters as he departed from his New Jersey home. The New York Daily News reported Kerik posted a statement on his company's Web site expressing his disappointment with prosecutors and the courts regarding his sentence.
"I have repeatedly expressed remorse for what I may have done, however, unlike many, I can't remain silent in the face of what I believe has been a gross injustice, which I pray will be remedied," he said.
Prosecutors said Kerik, while New York city corrections commissioner, let a construction company pay for renovations to his apartment in New York. the company had an interest in gaining his help in obtaining a city license, the report said.
Kerik pleaded guilty to multiple counts of tax fraud and obstruction that included making false statements when he was vetted to be homeland security secretary.