New York Congressman Surrenders To FBI
Rep. Michael Grimm has surrendered to the FBI following an indictment on tax evasion charges. Proclaiming his innocence, Grimm has announced that he will not resign, and will still seek reelection in the fall.
Grimm is charged with concealing more than $1 million in receipts from Healthalicious, a restaurant he operated on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. According to US Attorney Loretta Lynch, these frauds included paying employees in cash, not offering worker’s comp, and actively hiring undocumented immigrants.
The second-term congressman defended himself after being released on bail.
“I know I’m a moral man, a man of integrity and I also know that I have a lot more service and leadership to provide this country,” he said. “I’m going to get back to work. I will not abandon my post or the wonderful people who entrusted me to represent them … And on top of that, I have an election to win.”
Grimm, the only is standing for reelection in November. The filing deadline for candidates passed two weeks ago, so the GOP is not able to put a different candidate on the ballot. Grimm is the only Republican representing any part of New York City; his district, the 11th, covers all of Staten Island and part of Southern Brooklyn.
A former FBI agent himself, Grimm was the subject of a long and public federal investigation before the charges were filed. He is also being investigated for campaign donations, including those from a woman who may have acted as a straw donor, paying through others; and from an Israeli businessman with ties to a millionaire celebrity rabbi.
When asked about the investigation by a local reporter recently, Grimm physically threatened him on camera. Grimm later apologized.