Congressman Grimm to plead guilty in tax fraud case

By Nate Raymond – Yahoo News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Michael Grimm of New York is expected to plead guilty on Tuesday to resolve federal tax fraud and other charges, a source familiar with the case said.

Grimm, a Republican, easily won a third term in November despite his indictment in April on charges of fraud, perjury and conspiracy stemming from a Manhattan health food restaurant he formerly co-owned, Healthalicious.

Court records showed a plea hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn federal court. His trial had been scheduled for Feb. 2.

Grimm’s lawyer declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch declined to comment.

It is not clear whether Grimm would seek to maintain his seat in Congress, though he could face discipline from the House of Representatives, including expulsion.

The 20-count indictment accused Grimm of hiring illegal immigrants at the restaurant, paying staffers under the table and under-reporting how much he had spent in wages by keeping two sets of payroll ledgers.

He was also charged with lying under oath about his practices during a deposition in a federal lawsuit brought by former Healthalicious employees who claimed they were not paid minimum wage.