Justice Department officials have hit Rep. Michael Grimm with a slew of charges, including wire fraud, mail fraud and tax fraud. FBI Assistant Director George Venizelos was unsparing in his statement: "As a former FBI agent, Rep. Grimm should understand the motto: fidelity, bravery, and integrity. Yet he broke our credo at nearly every turn. In this 20-count indictment, Rep. Grimm lived by a new motto: fraud, perjury, and obstruction."
While the FBI had been investigating donations to Grimm, a Republican, from the mystic rabbi Yosef Pinto, the indictment relates to Grimm's pre-Congressional years Upper East Side restaurant, Healthalicious—and Grimm's alleged attempt to avoid paying taxes on wages. According to the State Island Advance:
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