Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., was indicted on federal fraud charges for under-reporting the payroll and wages at his New York City restaurant, and for employing illegal aliens. He surrendered to federal authorities today.

The indictment alleges Grimm’s involvement in a scheme to avoid tax payments related to the illegal aliens he employed at his Healthalicious restaurant between 2007 and 2010. Court documents say Grimm "intentionally'' hired illegal aliens and engaged "in a pattern and practice of such hiring and continued employment.'' He also is charged with conspiracy, obstruction, mail fraud, perjury and the unlawful employment of illegal aliens.

Grimm is said to have concealed over $1 million in receipts plus hundreds of thousands of dollars of employees' wages, which fraudulently deprived the federal and New York state governments of sales, income and payroll taxes.

Grimm also is in trouble over foreign campaign contributions he admitted receiving from an Israeli rabbi and his followers. Grimm's contact with the rabbi pleaded guilty last year to an immigration fraud charge involving a woman who had been romantically involved with Grimm. That woman was charged last Friday with using straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions to Grimm.

Grimm, who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, is one of the House Republicans the pro-illegal alien group America’s Voice has trumpeted as supporting citizenship for illegal aliens.

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Vince 0041 of PA's picture

This should result in VERY long jail term! We need to DEMAND hard time for these actions.

None 2150 of WY's picture

If there going after him, they go after B.O. and his cronies. Are really above that law that much?

"The indictment alleges Grimm’s involvement in a scheme to avoid tax payments related to the illegal aliens he employed at his Healthalicious restaurant between 2007 and 2010."

Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

I wonder how many of our "representatives" are doing something similar besides this guy!!??

Thomas 2924 of IN's picture

Aaron, there are only 535 members of Congress, yet there are always a couple under felony indictment and a couple more doing time. Congress probably has a higher crime rate than any slum in America. Is it any wonder they allow themselves to be owned by the Chamber of Commerce?

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Carl, I totally agree. I mean I'm happy this guy got busted, but what's the deal? Obama helps tens of millions of illegals commit tax fraud and he encourages Americans to hire illegals. So, why come after this guy?

None 2150 of WY's picture

I would we have to do is place B.O.s name in the sentence, and bingo he on the next court calendar.........But that will never be done due to his kingship being what he is.

This guy is a liberal scapegoat for the demorats. Draws away from the illegal aliens argument and gives them time to reload for the next silly fight for the pro-illegal dummies. Simple. It also takes a republican out the way.

I don't want time to fly, but, I can't wait until B.O. is gone and I hope all of his cronies as well. Just want some decent, honest, truthful, loyal, sincere, people in that area of president and down the ranks. Wishful thinking, but what else can we do?

Impeachment appears out of the question. To bad!

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

From the America's Voice:

16. REP. MICHAEL GRIMM (R-NY) July 10, 2013

“Legalization ultimately leads to citizenship. That is the ultimate goal. ” (via YNN)

One of the just 30 GOPers that the GOP House Leadership is counting on to push the Amnesty/Legalization that we are aware.

John 4110 of MI's picture

Here is a guy that needed the Senate's comprehensive amnesty bill with its employer amnesty to pass - badly.

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

Does anyone think that the congressman gave one thought about the American families his ILLEGALS have destroyed? Again, "While we are concerned for the safety of our families the Elitist do not care about. Drugs furnished by the ILLEGALS, Drug Wars by the ILLEGALS, United States Citizens murdered by the ILLEGALS but not to worry the Elitist will continue to furnish Cheap ILLEGAL Labor for the Elitist Political Contributors and Special Interest Groups of course they feel safe in their Gated Communities. If you venture out and you are murdered by an ILLEGAL Drunk Driver or you are a Police Officer murdered by an ILLEGAL during the commission of a crime or a traffic stop or a United States Citizen is in the "wrong" place (any Sanctuary City or State) and caught in the cross fire just remember Our Elitist Politicians and their Elitist Political Contributors consider those murdered as a SMALL SACRIFICE for THEIR CHEAP ILLEGAL/Amnestied LABOR and maybe potential votes." Just follow the money!

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

AYE, AYE, TO EVERY WORD WORD GLEN 1973 SAID!!!! American government can be and is sick and sickening, once in DC it is contagious!

Jeff 2418 of PA's picture

This guy if found guilty should serve twice the time because he is a former FBI agent and knew what the laws were. And now if this administration would go after ALL employers who do this, it might just get the self deportation movement going. If there are no jobs for illegals, then there is no need or reason for them to be here ILLEGALLY!!!

Robert 4907 of DE's picture

Get rid of him! Don't need him or the illegal aliens, either.

We badly need some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform! Why can't these IDIOTS who want amnesty for the illegal aliens see how much they are destroying this country? Are they blind?

Illegal immigration is a cancer. It has to be eradicated not tolerated.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Unless I am mistaken, we are stuck with him for awhile,House rules does not require him to resign over an indictment. If he was a Committee Chair he would have to relinquish the position, but not his Congressional seat. More perks, break every law in the books...but....? Folks that is the America in whence we live!

Jm  2943 of CO's picture

You need to realize the powers to be will want him gone so they don't lose his seat this November so he maybe gone a lot sooner then that.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Oh yeah, but the last that I read, last Fri., Boehner nor anyone else was considering pressuring him. Today I read his district is not powerfully upset, but somewhat displeased, splitting on opinion.

Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

Judicial Watch is right! It named Michael Grimm as one of 6 dishonorable politicians of 2012. It smelled something wrong with him. "10 Most Corrupt Politicians of 2012" by Tom Fitton (Breibart News Network - 12/31/12).

Thomas 2924 of IN's picture

I guess it makes sense that a criminal citizen would want amnesty for criminal aliens. He has been indicted on 20 federal counts. It's amazing that such a young guy could have committed so many crimes. Was he running for Congress, or the Guinness book of world records.

Ralph 7980 of CO's picture

I wonder why in the world, it took this long for his activities to be discovered.

Ralph 7980 of CO's picture

This guy needs to be kicked out by the House, based solely on the illegal immigration issue. And this guy has been voting on illegal immigration issues??? And the tax issue in addition. What is our nation coming to?

Richard 2817 of IL's picture

The Administration should start prosecuting all the illegal businesses in LA country. It has rampant tax fraud and evasion.

Jm  2943 of CO's picture

You forgot one key fact.


Can you imagine him getting indicted?

Greg 1112 of CA's picture

Great! We've got a pro amnesty politician in handcuffs, which is just where he belongs. Now lets get the rest of them in handcuffs also.

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

Why is it that so many pro-Israeli politicians (like Rep. Grimm) support Israel's strict immigration-enforcement policies but condemn any attempt to enforce US immigration law as racist?

None 2150 of WY's picture

This Albert is a riddle that not even the fictitious riddler can't figure out. Because both are unreal and shocking.

John 4110 of MI's picture

In news coverage today the representative is attacked for his anti illegal speeches. Who is wrong? Or is he a flake/maverick like the Arizona senators whose position change with the election cycle and campaign contributions?

Robert 5305 of FL's picture

Here in Florida & NY, where I have residences 98% of restaurants, landscapers, labors employ illegals! What Grimm did is what 98% of service businesses in the USA do. Attacking him is a joke. The country is going down quick due to all immoral conduct!
Does anyone care? Only the greedy lobbyist & oligarchy.
America has the will to do NOTHING!

Steven 9122 of OK's picture

Good start on rooting out the corruption that lives and breathes in the District of Corruption. Trouble is he is a small fish as it were. Nobody should be above the law and I don't care who or what position they occupy. If you violate any law like the rest of us ordinary citizen you do the time. In fact, I say that for those in positions of trust they should get the max sentence without any parole and double any fines with complete loss of all pay and benefits including retirement.