Former top cop cancels Caribbean consulting contracts
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik has withdrawn from contracts to advise two Caribbean governments on security because of unresolved legal troubles in the United States, Guyana’s president said.President Bharrat Jagdeo announced late Wednesday that Kerik was canceling commitments to Guyana and Trinidad. He said Kerik did not want either country tainted by the allegations of ethical violations.”As far as he is concerned he is innocent and the charges will all go away, but he said he does not want his client to be caught up in this,” Jagdeo said.Kerik was to begin a one-year contract as Guyana’s national security adviser in February. He also was hired as a consultant by Trinidad, although it was unclear when that job was to begin.A New York-based attorney for Kerik, Kenneth Breen, declined to comment.Earlier this week, The Associated Press reported that a person close to the investigation in New York said U.S. prosecutors could indict Kerik on multiple felony counts, including tax evasion, conspiracy to eavesdrop and providing false information. Kerik has denied any wrongdoing.In late 2004, President Bush nominated Kerik for Homeland Security chief, but he withdrew after acknowledging he had not paid all the taxes for a nanny-housekeeper who may have been in the country illegally.Last June, Kerik pleaded guilty to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from a company trying to do business with New York City.