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The Giuliani Files

By John Solomon
When New Jersey businessman Larry Ray began cooperating with New York and federal authorities in the criminal investigation of former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, he had visual evidence. Lots of it.

As Kerik's close friend and best man at Kerik's 1998 wedding, Ray kept all sorts of photos showing him and Kerik in casual settings, at weddings and other formal events -- and occasionally with Kerik's boss, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who is now running for president.

Kerik and Ray parted ways in 2000 around the time Ray was being indicted in connection with a organized crime fraud scheme involving securities. Ray, who was since convicted and twice imprisoned on probation violations, has used his personal photos to try to corroborate for authorities his accounts of what he knew about Kerik's activities, and the times Kerik brought him into direct contact with Giuliani.

For instance, this decade-old photo, which accompanied this morning's Washington Post investigation into the relationship between Kerik, Ray, and Giuliani, shows Ray with the former mayor, as well as Ray's friend Carmen Cabell:

Decade-old photo of Larry Ray, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Ray friend Carmen Cabell and Bernard Kerik. Ray provided the photo to New York authorities in connection with the criminal case into Kerik's acceptance of gifts from a New Jersey construction company he was helping to try to win business from the Giuliani administration.

And when Ray recounted the time he helped arrange a meeting at Kerik's request in December 1997 with Giuliani and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he provided these photos:

Photo of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Larry Ray and Bernard Kerik during Gorbachev's December 1997 visit to New York City. The photo was turned over by Ray to New York authorities and obtained by The Washington Post.

Photo of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Larry Ray during Gorbachev's December 1997 visit to New York City. The photo was turned over by Ray to New York authorities and obtained by The Washington Post.

These other photos show Ray and Kerik at work, at play, and at Kerik's wedding.

Photo of Larry Ray and Bernard Kerik inside the church at Kerik's 1998 wedding. Ray alleges he picked up at least $10,000 of the cost of Kerik's wedding. The photo was turned over by Ray to New York authorities during their investigation of Kerik and was obtained by The Washington Post.

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Seamus comments:
It seems a little known fact that Lawrence Ray came into contact with the FBI in 1996 during early stages of what became the US Bridge stock fraud case that Ray, was some four years later found himself charged in, ostensibly for crime of omission -that of certain information. Information yes -why because Ray had been introduced to the FBI by his new law enforcement friend, Bernard Kerik, in 1996, as Ray was threatened by a person later linked to the Gambino crime family. At this point Ray, who had experience in military intelligence matters and extensive experience with Russian business activities, became a voluntary source of information and operative for the FBI into 2000. By 1999 Ray had landed the job with Interstate as a security consultant -Kerik also developed his relationship with the principals in Interstate -for what this was about - the NYC DOI 2004 investigation / Bronx DX case/conviction of 2006 and the current federal indictment, speaks for themselves, as to what Kerik has admitted and has been accused of.
Ray for his part continues to claim that he informed the FBI of Kerik's questionable activities with the Interstate parties and that Kerik had obtain secret funding for his apartment renovations around 1999. Ray's view is that he made a second mistake when he told this to FBI agent Gary Uher, who was his primary handler and long time close of Bernard Kerik ( since the early 1980s when Uher worked under Warden Kerik at Passaic County Sheriff's Office as a corrections officer - see page 141 of "Lost Son" by Kerik).
Ray claims was he was infiltrating Interstate and probing its alleged mob connections on behalf of the FBI and found Kerik was involved; believing Uher would put professional responsibility over friendship, he reported Kerik and others. No one seems to know what happened in this regard as Ray was indicted shortly thereafter and did not surface regarding until 2004.
As it turns out the same Gambino crime member who threatened Ray circa 1996 in the US Bridge matter turns up in a deal to sell Interstate his transfer station in Fresh Kills, Staten Island, NY. Later in 2000 Ray is indicted in the US Bridge case allegedly for failing to disclose certain details regarding the IPO bond, that certain Gambino family member is also a defendant.
After working with a number of lawyers, Ray sought help from Kerik, to the extent that he acknowledge his role in introducing Ray to the FBI. Kerik, than the new NYC Police Commissioner says in an email, if called his recollection would differ from Ray's and further that he had been ordered not to get involved. By 2003 Ray was broke and without adequate ability to fight, he took a plea and received 9 months house arrest and 5 years probation.
Later in 2003 Ray claims he went to the FBI again, again alleging Kerik et al were involved in criminal activities before year 2000.
Frustrated and very concerned about Kerik becoming the head of Homeland Security, Ray went public in 2004, costing Kerik the appointment. From 2004 until present Ray has cooperated with the investigations of Kerik et al by authorities of the State of New Jersey, NYC and the federal government.
Ray maintains his innocence and must believe that no good deed goes unpunished.
This seems to be a stellar story of friendships and treachery in high places.
So Seamus opines!

Posted by: reg590 | December 20, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know why Rudy is not under indictment for using using tax payer money to chauffeur his mistress throughout the city and other states. Last year, Alan Hevesi used state employees to chauffeur his sick wife using state employees and he was kicked out of office and pleaded guilty to a felony. Rudy did much worse than Alan, yet he is still running for office.

Posted by: boricuaben | December 20, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

One brick at a time?

"Much has changed since then. Giuliani is now a leading Republican presidential candidate. Kerik has pleaded guilty to state ethics charges and is under federal indictment. And Ray, a convicted felon now in prison on a parole violation, has turned on his former friend. He has provided to state and federal authorities half a dozen boxes of e-mails, memos, faxes, financial statements, photographs and other materials about Kerik's alleged wrongdoing.

That evidence, reviewed by The Washington Post, shows that Kerik brought Ray into contact with Giuliani on a handful of occasions documented in photos and that he invoked Giuliani's name in connection with a New Jersey construction company with alleged mob ties that is now at the heart of the criminal cases. "

Perhaps this is the brick you are looking for, JakeD.

Posted by: zukermand | December 19, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

One brick at a time, zukermand -- I have read the article as well -- now that you admitted there's nothing wrong with Ray setting up that meeting, what's wrong with Larry Ray giving Mr. and Mrs. Kerik a generous wedding present?

Posted by: JakeD | December 19, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

On the topic of infidelity, however, this week the CBS EVENING NEWS continues its series 'Primary Questions' where Katie Couric sits down with the presidential candidates and asks what makes them tick . . . everything from losing their tempers to the biggest mistake they've ever made.

KATIE COURIC: Harry Truman once said, "A man not honorable in his marital relations is not usually honorable in any other." Some people say they don't feel comfortable supporting someone who has not remained faithful to his or her spouse. Can you understand their reservations?

MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI: Sure, I can. Absolutely. You know, they look the every single part of us. And the only -- only thing I can say to people is I'm not perfect, you know? And I've made mistakes in my life. And -- and that -- not -- not just in that area. In other areas and I try to learn from it. I try to -- I feel sorry about them. I try to -- I try to learn from them so I don't repeat them.

Sometimes I even repeat them and you -- you try again. I mean, you -- you -- so -- I have a -- maybe a more generous view of human beings and a more generous view of life. I mean, it comes from growing up as a Catholic. I mean, we're all sinners. We're all struggling. We're all trying hard. We ask for forgiveness, and then we try to improve ourselves again. And I've-- relate to other people that way. Relate to the world that way.

KATIE COURIC: How important is the politician's relationship with his or her children?

MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI: I think it's important. And it -- but, no more important than anybody's relationship with their children. There's nothing special about politicians' relationship or a lawyer's relationship or a news -- news anchors relationship with their children. Or a baseball player's relationship with their children.

It's all -- all the same as far as the relationship between a -- a parent and a child. Often, they're real complicated. Often, they're least understood from the outside. They're best understood from the inside. But, I don't think there's anything special about politicians' relationship with their children. Except maybe for a high profile person, and sometimes the problems that that creates.

Posted by: JakeD | December 19, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, it appears you have not read the linked article from today's paper. Let's just say, no one is taking issue with the propriety of meeting with Gorbachev.

Posted by: zukermand | December 19, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

What, exactly, is wrong with Kerik / Giuliani meeting with Gorbachev? That was even AFTER the Berlin Wall came down and he was out of office.

Posted by: JakeD | December 19, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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