May 29, 2013 News
The ex-commissioner is now an ex-inmate.
Disgraced former NYPD head, Bernard Kerik, arrived home in New Jersey yesterday afternoon for a joyous family reunion after serving more than three years of a four-year federal jail term.
Kerik — wearing blue jeans and a gray striped sweater — emerged from a gray SUV outside his Franklin Lakes, New Jersey home about five hours after his release from the Cumberland, Maryland, lockup.
Laughter was audible as the 57-year-old Kerik hugged his wife, Hala, and three children outside the front door. Each received a separate squeeze before they slipped indoors without addressing the media horde outside.
Kerik — the guest of honour at a feast expected later in the day — offered no comment on his past, present or future after arriving back home in a driving rainstorm.
Al Manzo, a Kerik pal and owner of The Brownstone restaurant in Paterson, said the former cop’s wife, other family members and close friends were gathering for a robust “Welcome Home” meal.
“Bernie’s looking for some of the good food he hasn’t been able to get for the last three years,” Manzo told the Daily News. “I’m his friend — I’m there for him.
“He loves fresh mozzarella, shrimp scampi, beef short ribs.”
Kerik will likely serve out the rest of his term for eight felony convictions under home confinement.
Kerik was sentenced to four years in prison in February 2010 after a federal judge blasted him for using his high-profile part in the city’s 9/11 response to make money.
Kerik’s guilty plea in a November 2009 plea deal including admissions that he lied to the White House, filed false tax returns and lied about $255,000 in work done by a mob-linked contractor.
Last October, a humiliated Kerik wept on the witness stand while testifying against the two brothers accused of covering up the free remodeling of the ex-commissioner’s Riverdale apartment.
Kerik took the stand wearing the same red tie that he once wore while standing on the White House lawn with President George W. Bush.
“He did his time like a man,” said Manzo, adding that the once-beefy Kerik’s weight was down to 175 pounds. “I think he deserves a chance to get his life back on track.”
The ex-top cop surrendered on May 17, 2010, but earned time off for good behavior that cleared him to leave the Cumberland, Maryland, facility and actually begin home confinement on May 23, prison officials said.
Kerik is technically in Bureau of Prisons custody through Oct. 15, but his home confinement deal will give him plenty of time outdoors.
He’ll be required to either find or hold a job, and can leave his Franklin Lakes, N.J. McMansion for tasks related to his re-entry into society, said BOP spokesman Chris Burke.
That includes getting a driver’s license, attending religious services, seeing a doctor or dentist, and “connecting with family.”
Bernard Kerik was several years ago contracted by former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, to revamp the Guyana Police Force.
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