Charged with concealing funds, employing illegal workers
By Tom Hays
Brooklyn Congressman Michael Grimm has surrendered to face a 20-count federal indictment that includes charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud.
The Staten Island Republican was awaiting arraignment Monday in Brooklyn.
He's charged with engaging in schemes to underreport 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 say that when he was deposed by an attorney representing former employees in a lawsuit, Grimm lied under oath about his allegedly fraudulent business practices.
There was no immediate response to phone and email message left with Grimm's lawyer.
Authorities allege the fraud occurred from 2007 to 2010. Grimm, who's also a former FBI agent, was elected in 2010 and took office in 2011.