During a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa, on Thursday, Giuliani was asked whether he still stands by Kerik. He sidestepped that question and said the issue has to be decided by the courts. “A lot of public comment about it is inconsistent with its getting resolved in the right way in the courts,” Giuliani said. A former undercover police officer with a bodybuilder’s physique and a knack for charming people in high places, Kerik has since been hit with a string of revelations about personal and professional improprieties. His nomination was confronted with news reports about stock-option windfalls, his connections with people suspected of doing business with the mob and overlapping extramarital affairs with two women: Judith Regan, the publisher of his memoir, and a city correction officer. The liaisons reportedly occurred in an apartment near ground zero that had been set aside for rescue workers. Kerik, 51, who married his current wife in 1998 and has two children with her, apparently became close with Regan while writing “The Lost Son,” in which he described being abandoned by his prostitute mother. Kerik rose from cop to Giuliani’s correction commissioner in the late 1990s. From there, he became police commissioner and later went to work in Iraq rebuilding the country’s police force. Then came the failed Homeland Security nomination. Democrats who opposed the nomination focused on Kerik’s recent windfall from exercising stock options in a stun-gun company that did business with the department. His take: $6.2 million. Days after President George W. Bush introduced Kerik as his nominee, Kerik announced he was withdrawing his name because of tax issues involving his former nanny. But by then, state investigators were already aware of the expensive renovations done to his Bronx apartment in 1999, including built-in cabinets and a rotunda with a marble entryway. They alleged the work was paid for by Mafia-connected builders who sought his help winning city contracts. Giuliani was forced to testify before a state grand jury in a case that resulted in Kerik pleading guilty last year to accepting illegal gifts while on the city payroll.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Several calls to Kerik’s lawyer, Kenneth Breen, were not immediately returned. Authorities have alleged that Kerik took tens of thousands of dollars in services from benefactors and never reported it as income. Earlier this year, he rejected a plea deal, and his attorney insisted he had done nothing wrong. An indictment is the latest chapter of a downfall that began within days of Kerik’s nomination in 2004 to head the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, he was billed by the former mayor as a no-nonsense, self-made lawman who helped restore calm following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A federal indictment of Kerik could complicate matters for Giuliani as the first presidential primaries draw near. The ex-mayor frequently says that he made a mistake in recommending Kerik to be Homeland Security chief, but that might not be enough to avoid the political damage of a drawn-out criminal case involving his one-time protege. NEW YORK – A federal grand jury has indicted Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, on corruption charges, a person close to the investigation said Thursday. The charges include mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, making false statements on a bank application, making false statements for a U.S. government position and theft of honest services, the person said. The theft charge essentially accuses a government employee of abusing his position and defrauding the public. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the indictment was sealed and wasn’t expected to be unsealed until Kerik’s arraignment today.