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Grimm ending: Tax-cheat ex-congressman sentenced to eight months

Rep. Michael Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) said he’d take on his party’s leadership to ensure Brooklyn gets the disaster relief it needs following last weekend’s hurricane.
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Call him Mikey Jumpsuits.

Disgraced former congressman and federal investigator Michael Grimm — who once went by the name “Mikey Suits” while investigating white-collar crimes as an undercover federal agent — will don an orange prison jumpsuit for eight months as punishment for cheating on his taxes, according to a ruling issued by federal judge Pamela K. Chen on July 17.

Grimm hoped that his two tours of duty in the Marine Corps and his service as a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and congressman would help lighten his sentence. But his service worked against him, because he should have known better, Chen said.

“He of all people knew better,” she said. “Your moral compass, Mr. Grimm, needs reorientation.”

She ordered Grimm to serve eight months in jail, one year of probation, 200 hours of community service, and to pay restitution.

Federal authorities indicted Grimm in late April of 2013, charging the ex-Marine and former law-enforcement agent with 20 counts of tax, insurance, and immigration fraud in connection with a Manhattan restaurant he co-owned prior to holding office.

Grimm copped to one count of tax fraud on Dec. 23 last year in a plea deal to avoid a trial on the other 19 charges.

He stepped down on Jan. 5 — just weeks after the indicted legislator sailed to re-election against former Coney Island councilman Domenic Recchia.

Grimm’s lawyers sent Chen a letter from the tax cheat’s mother in a plea for leniency last month. In her letter, Grimm’s mom said her son — a man once caught on tape threatening to throw a reporter off a balcony — was a life long peace-maker and protector of the bullied.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.

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