Feds: Send Kerik Directly to Jail

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    Bernard Kerik

    Federal prosecutors say former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik should go directly to jail when he's sentenced next week.

    Kerik pleaded guilty in November to eight felonies, including lying to the White House and filing false tax returns. He has been free, awaiting sentence, since Nov. 10.

    He is expecting to get 27 to 33 months behind bars.

    In papers filed Monday, prosecutors said Kerik's lawyers want him to remain free until a federal prison is designated for him. They also want him to be allowed to surrender voluntarily.

    But the prosecution said Kerik should be sent immediately to the Westchester County Jail. Among other reasons, they said he's more likely to flee once he knows for sure he's going to prison. Feds also want the former top cop to pay restitution of $187,931 and pay a fine of between $6000 and $60000.