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Rep. Grimm To Plead Guilty To One Felony Count

Grimm was slapped with a 20-count federal indictment that accused him of hiding $1 million in revenue at Healthalicious, an Upper East Side restaurant that he owned.
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I mean, the guy's a former FBI agent, they should throw the book at him with the maximum sentence. But I'll be very surprised if this guy serves even a day. Hell, they'll probably give him his own Fox show!

Rep. Michael Grimm will plead guilty on Tuesday to a felony charge of cheating on his taxes at a Manhattan restuarant he co-owned before entering Congress, the Daily News has learned.

The Staten Island Republican will enter the plea in Brooklyn federal court. A 1 p.m. hearing in the case has been scheduled, a court official said.

Grimm was charged in a 20-count federal indictment in April with hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages at the restaurant, and with hiring undocumented immigrants.He had pleaded not guility to all the charges, and his trial was to begin in February.

Despite the indicment, Grimm coasted to re-election on Nov. 4, defeating Democrat Domenic Recchia 55% to 42% to win a third term.

At a debate on Oct. 17, Grimm was asked, "If found guilty, would you resign?""Certainly, if I was not able to serve then of course I would step aside and there would be a special election," he replied. Under federal law, the tax-evasion charge he will plead guility to carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

But as a first-time offender, Grimm might not have to serve any time behind bars. That decision will be up to the sentencing judge.


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