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Rep. Grimm To Resign After Guilty Plea On Tax Charge

Rep. Michael Grimm speaks to the media last week after pleading guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial. Grimm was accused of evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a Manhattan restaurant.
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Rep. Michael Grimm speaks to the media last week after pleading guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial. Grimm was accused of evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a Manhattan restaurant.

Republican Rep. Michael Grimm of New York announced he would resigneffective Jan. 5 in a statement reported by The Associated Press and CBS.

When Grimm pleaded guiltylast week to filing a false tax return, he said he would stay in Congress for as long as possible.

The Associated Press reports Grimm talked with House Speaker John Boehner before deciding to step down.

Boehner has not discussed Grimm's future publicly.

A spokesman for Boehner, Michael Steel, said in an email to The Associated Press, "We do not discuss private conversations the speaker has with members."

Grimm said he was resigning because he is not able to give the job his full attention anymore.

He would have been a distraction for Republicans — they take control of both the House and the Senate when the new Congress begins its opening session on Jan. 6

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had called on Grimm to resign.

Grimm pleaded guilty to tax fraud that an indictment alleges began in 2007.

The indictment accused Grimm, a retired FBI agent, of underreporting more than $1 million in wages and receipts to avoid paying taxes while he was operating a small restaurant in Manhattan.

Grimm was re-elected to his Staten Island seat in November. His sentencing is scheduled for June 8.

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