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

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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 or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Cheer up - you can always run again as a Democrat - look at how many times Charlie Rangel has been re-elected!
July 17, 2015, 11:50 am
Peter Engel from downtown Brooklyn says:
Ex-FBI agent in jail with a pretty mouth -- couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
July 17, 2015, 12:47 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Excellent news.
July 17, 2015, 2:27 pm
Wood1 from Prospect Heights says:
Charlie Rangel didn't do anything as egregious as this nitwit.
July 17, 2015, 2:31 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
You are probably right about Charlie Rangel as senior member the Joint Committee on Taxation, and sitting congressman when he cheated on his taxes. Anybody could make that mistake. Low expectations for Democrats is an expectation.
July 17, 2015, 3:58 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Bye bye Mikey Suits.
July 17, 2015, 7:58 pm
Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
If it wasn't such a corrupt, self-serving and tight-knit club of judicial and legislative Tammany Hall-types, Cuomo , Eric Adams and Velmanette Montgomery would be next. And statue of limitations clock is ticking on for Marty Markowitz.

Bunch of real winner politicians run the borough, city and state (top ones under indictment as I write), not representing in any way all the talented people who have absolutely no chance of running for office—or even voting for someone honest and competent.
July 17, 2015, 9:17 pm
Billy DeB-4 more for thee! from BK says:
Rangel? Grimm? How can you even put them on the same plate? They need to be in the same cell! Hey buds, Vote for B he will set you free in less than 3!
July 19, 2015, 11:23 am
TOM from Brooklyn says:
Still it would have been more small-D democratic if he had owned up to the truth prior to his dishonest re-run for congress. No time, restitution(the cost of the special election), or community service(threatening the 4th estate) for that apparently.
July 19, 2015, 12:30 pm
Devil In High Heels from Port Richmond, Satan Island says:
Should have been eight YEARS-- crybaby cretin with his phony Marine sob story. This guy gives schmucks a bad name with his mewling, too bad he'll come out to $$$ anyway. Grimm, you are scum and deserve far far worse than you're getting-- you ought to KISS the corrections officer who tells you to spread your cheeks and cough.
July 19, 2015, 10 pm

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