Saturday, July 18, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Grimm Beginning

Wouldn't be the first time:

"Ex-lawmaker jailed for N.Y. tax scam" Bloomberg News  July 18, 2015

NEW YORK — Former US representative and FBI agent Michael Grimm is heading to prison for scamming the government out of taxes in his operation of a Manhattan health food restaurant.

Grimm, a Republican, was sentenced to eight months after pleading guilty to one count of helping prepare a false tax return. He had agreed not to appeal if he were sentenced to a term of two years and nine months or less.

The punishment marks the downfall of a politician who gained national notoriety after threatening to throw a reporter off a balcony and telling him: ‘‘I’ll break you in half, like a boy.’’

The former Marine, who represented Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, was reelected last year to serve a third two-year term despite facing a 20-count indictment filed against him in what he called a ‘‘political witch hunt.’’ He pleaded guilty and quit his seat in December.

‘‘Everyone falls from grace when they get caught committing crimes. Some fall further than others,’’ US District Judge Pamela Chen told Grimm as she sentenced him Friday in Brooklyn. ‘‘Your moral compass, Mr. Grimm, needs some reorientation.’’

She ordered Grimm, 45, to surrender to authorities by Sept. 10. He was accused of hiding as much as $1 million in revenue from the restaurant he previously co-owned.


I wonder who replaced him.