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US congressman pleads guilty to tax evasion

US congressman Michael Grimm pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion, the latest stain for a lawmaker dogged by controversy but who won re-election last month despite indictment on criminal chargesA US congressman pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion Tuesday, the latest stain for a lawmaker dogged by controversy but who won re-election last month despite indictment on criminal charges. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent who represents parts of New York’s Staten Island and Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to filing a false income tax return that underreported wages and sales in 2009. The House Republican, whose federal court trial was due to begin February 2, faces up to 36 months in a federal prison. The charge is linked to his conduct while owner of a Manhattan health food restaurant before he became a member of the House of Representatives in early 2011.

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