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Law Firm Sues Ex-NYC Police Commissioner

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SAMUEL MAULL | October 31, 2007 02:31 PM EST | AP

NEW YORK — Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner who is being investigated by federal authorities, has been sued by his former lawyers for more than $200,000.

Kerik was police commissioner when presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was mayor.

The law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court that Kerik has failed to pay bills of $202,384 for legal services by a former lawyer at the firm.

The lawyer, Kenneth Breen, moved to another firm but still represents Kerik.

Chad Seigel, Kerik's lawyer in this civil case, said the lawsuit is "the result of an obvious miscommunication that we are in the process of resolving."

He would not comment further.

Federal prosecutors in New York have spent more than a year pursuing criminal charges against Kerik, reportedly including bribery, tax evasion, obstruction of justice, providing false information and conspiracy to eavesdrop. Kerik rejected a plea deal in the spring.

In June 2006, Kerik pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor administrative violations, admitting he accepted $165,000 in renovations on his Bronx apartment from a company attempting to land city contracts, and that he failed to report that he got a $28,000 loan from a real estate developer.

The transgressions occurred while Kerik was head of the New York City Correction Department. As a result of his plea, the city renamed a jail facility in lower Manhattan that had been named after him.