Former FBI agent, and U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm, is now facing several federal criminal tax fraud charges.
Grimm, who once investigated corruption cases as an FBI agent, now faces “A 20-count indictment says Grimm hid more than $1 million in receipts from his Manhattan restaurant, called ‘Healthalicious,’ from 2007 to 2010. He left the business upon election to Congress,” reported Jeffrey Young of Voice of America news.
The U.S. government has charged Grimm with “obstructing and impeding IRS (Internal Revenue Service) functions, conspiracy to defraud the United States.”
Some of the charges are the following: “filing false tax returns, mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, perjury, obstruction of an official proceeding, and the hiring of undocumented workers,” said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.
Grimm is a Republican U.S. Representative from New York City. He and his team maintain that this case is “politically driven” because the case was filed less than a month following 2014 election ballot candidate deadline. They believe there is a plan in motion to diminish the Republican’s odds of retaining his seat.
“Unlike many countries, where government officials and lawmakers have immunity from prosecution while in office, no such protection exists in the United States. Over the years, Congressmen, state governors, and others have faced trial and even prison,” wrote Young.
One example is Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon’s Vice President, who resigned over criminal charges in 1973. Timothy Geithner, U.S. Treasury Secretary had trouble filing taxes too, claiming his failure to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for several years while he was working at the International Monetary Fund was an unintended mistake.
If you have committed tax fraud unintentionally, you may not know until the IRS informs you. Those who are facing back taxes and IRS fees should call a tax resolution lawyer to help get you protected while negotiating back tax debts.
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