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NYPD head Bernie Kerik wraps 3-year federal sentence, heads home

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The former commissioner of the New York Police Department, Bernard Kerik, is due to be released from jail on Tuesday.

He served more than three years for tax fraud and for lying to federal authorities. He's been imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md., The New York Daily News reported.

Before his downfall, Mr. Kerik had been headed toward national office. President George W. Bush nominated him to 2004 for Homeland Security secretary. But he fell from grace with a guilty plea to several felonies, including tax fraud and making false statements to White House officials.

He was supposed to be released in October, The Daily News said. But WNBC said the 57-year-old will instead head back to his Franklin Lakes, N.J., home on Tuesday. He's expected to throw a party with 20 guests — and has already ordered food from Brownstone catering in Paterson, WNBC reported.

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