Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) was indicted Monday on 20 counts, including mail fraud and perjury, relating to his former ownership of a Manhattan restaurant, The Hill reports:
The former FBI agent reportedly turned himself in to authorities Monday morning and was transported to FBI headquarters in New York, just hours before the 29-page indictment was unsealed.Grimm remained defiant after he was released on $400,000 bond, saying at an afternoon press conference that he wouldn’t “abandon” his post and added he has an election “to win” in November.
“I will not abandon my post,” a defiant Grimm said, adding, “I have a lot more service to provide to this country. That’s exactly what I intend to do.”
“And then, on top of all that, I have an election to win.”
Grimm allegedly paid some employees of his fast-food restaurant Healthalicious in cash and, as outlined in the indictment, “concealed over $1,000,000 in Healthalicious gross receipts alone, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars of employees’ wages, fraudulently depriving the federal and New York State governments of sales, income and payroll taxes.”
The indictment charges Grimm lied under oath in January 2013 when he denied paying his employees in cash.
Grimm had previously made headlines when he threatened to throw a New York 1 news reporter off a balcony for asking questions about the investigation. Grimm is the only Republican representing New York City.
Grimm, a supporter of immigration reform, also allegedly “intentionally” hired illegal immigrants and engaged “in a pattern and practice of such hiring and continued employment.”
At a press conference Monday, Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said Grimm “Made the choice to go from upholding the law, to breaking it.”
Grimm’s attorney, William McGinley, on Friday said in a statement that “we are disappointed by the government’s decision, but hardly surprised. He charged that the government had “pursued a politically driven vendetta against” Grimm “and not an independent search for the truth.”
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