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    New York Congressman Resigns Amid Federal Tax Evasion Trial: Reports

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    US Congressman Michael Grimm decided to step down from Congress after pleading guilty to charges of tax evasion, fraud and perjury in a New York federal court.

    MOSCOW, December 30 (Sputnik) — US Congressman Michael Grimm resigned a week after pleading guilty to charges of tax evasion, fraud and perjury in a New York federal court, The Hill reported Tuesday.

    "After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress," Grimm was quoted by The Hill as saying in a statement.

    Last Tuesday, Grimm pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and has reportedly admitted to committing fraud and perjury. Despite a 20-count indictment following a two-year investigation, Grimm was reelected in the November midterm elections that saw the Republican Party sweep into power.

    The Republican lawmaker's resignation will take effect on January 5, 2015, two days after the 114th Congress begins work. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to declare a special election to fill Grimm's seat no more than three months after his announcement.

    In January, Grimm was videotaped threatening to throw a reporter off a Capitol Hill balcony when asked about an investigation into financial violations that occurred during his campaign.

    The 44-year-old former FBI agent and businessman is accused of failing to declaring more than $1 million in wages and receipts, as well as hiring undocumented workers in his health food restaurant from 2007 to 2010.

    According to a Pew Research study released on Monday, a year-end surge in passed legislation helped the 113th legislature narrowly avoid the distinction of being the "least productive Congress in modern history."


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