Bernard Kerik, who led the NYPD during one of its most challenging periods, has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a corruption scandal that tarnished the legacy of the one-time Sept. 11 hero.

Kerik entered guilty pleas to eight felony charges, including tax fraud and lying to White House officials, the New York Times reports.

The case against Kerik centered on charges that a New Jersey construction company, which was suspected of ties to organized crime, had paid for renovations at Kerik's home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Prosecutors said company officials had hoped Kerik would help them obtain a city license.

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