Rep. Michael Grimm charged in 20-count federal indictment - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Rep. Michael Grimm charged in 20-count federal indictment

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., pleaded not guilty on Monday to a 20-count federal indictment that includes charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud. The Staten Island Republican was released on $400,000 bail, which he secured with his home.

Grimm was arrested just before 7 a.m. and taken to FBI headquarters in Manhattan following a two-year investigation of his campaign financing, prosecutors said.

Outside court, Grimm told reporters that the probe was a "witch hunt" designed to "assassinate his character." "I know I'm a moral man, a man of integrity," he said. "And I also know I have a lot more service and leadership to provide this country, and that's exactly what I intend to do."

He is charged with engaging in schemes to under report wages for restaurant workers, including some who were in the country illegally. He's accused of concealing more than $1 million in sales and wages.

Authorities allege the fraud occurred from 2007 to 2010. Grimm, who is also a former FBI agent, was elected in 2010 and took office in 2011.

"Grimm made the choice to go from upholding the law to breaking it. In so doing, he turned his back on every oath he had ever taken. Even after his return to public service, when called to account for his actions and questioned under oath Grimm went for the cover up and lied about his role in his own business," U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. "The obligation to deal honestly and testify truthfully is shared by everyone in our society."

"We are disappointed by the government's decision, but hardly surprised. From the beginning, the government has pursued a politically driven vendetta against Congressman Grimm and not an independent search for the truth," said William McGinley, Grimm's lawyer on Friday. "Congressman Grimm asserts his innocence of any wrongdoing. When the dust settles, he will be vindicated."

The U.S. attorney in Brooklyn on Friday unsealed an indictment against a woman he has been romantically linked to, the AP reported. The indictment accuses Diana Durand of using straw donors to contribute $10,000 to Grimm's campaign and then lied to the FBI when she said she did not reimburse them.

Grimm, a former Marine who served in Desert Storm, represents all of Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. He was first elected in 2010.

In January, he threatened to throw a TV reporter off a balcony at the U.S. Capitol. The reporter, Michael Scotto of NY1, tried to ask Grimm a question about the ongoing campaign finance probe. Grimm initially defended his blow-up, but later apologized, saying his emotions got the better of him.

With the Associated Press
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Aire Ancient Baths

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:29:51 GMT
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
  • NYC stores with no signs feed curiosity

    NYC stores with no signs feed curiosity

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:40:09 GMT
    From coffee shops in Brooklyn to restaurants in Manhattan, we find speakeasies standing out by blending in. When people in Bushwick want a green machine juice blend they visit Leticia Castillo's Owl Juice Pub. But first they must find the owl. "We been doing fine without a sign," Castillo says.
    From coffee shops in Brooklyn to restaurants in Manhattan, we find speakeasies standing out by blending in. When people in Bushwick want a green machine juice blend they visit Leticia Castillo's Owl Juice Pub. But first they must find the owl. "We been doing fine without a sign," Castillo says.
  • NY brothers invent machine that makes CPR easier

    NY brothers invent machine that makes CPR easier

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:40:57 GMT
    Only 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander actually survive. But two young men in Westchester County have now patented a device that could dramatically increase those odds and save lives. John and Chris DiCapua's sitting room in their parents' Westchester County home has had a unique guest lying around for quite a while now: a CPR dummy. What began as an idea from their time as Boy Scouts is now a device that could potentially save lives.
    Only 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander actually survive. But two young men in Westchester County have now patented a device that could dramatically increase those odds and save lives. John and Chris DiCapua's sitting room in their parents' Westchester County home has had a unique guest lying around for quite a while now: a CPR dummy. What began as an idea from their time as Boy Scouts is now a device that could potentially save lives.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices