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Former NYC top cop Bernard Kerik pleads not guilty to federal corruption charges

WHITE PLAINS, N. Y. (AP) - Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

Kerik, who served when Rudy Giuliani was mayor, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on 16 counts. Appearing in White Plains, New York, court today, Kerik was ordered to surrender his passport and any fire arms. He's to be released on $500,000 bond.

The investigation of Kerik started from allegations that he accepted $165,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment, paid for by a mob-connected construction company that sought his help winning city contracts.

The indictment alleges Kerik made false statements to the White House and other federal officials during his failed bid to head Homeland Security. That bid was backed by Giuliani.

The scandal developing around the former New York mayor's business partner and friend is sure to interfere with the presidential contender's campaign.

Presidential candidate John McCain says Kerik's relationship with his Republican presidential foe is a reason to doubt Giuliani's judgment.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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