- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2015

Former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm was sentenced on Friday to 8 months in prison for his role in a tax-evasion scheme.

In December, Grimm pleaded guilty to a single felony tax-evasion charge in the wake of an April 2014 indictment tied to his role with a health restaurant he co-owned before he was in Congress.

The indictment accused him of underreporting more than $1 million in wages and receipts to evade payroll, income and sales taxes, in part by paying immigrant workers, some of them in the country illegally, in cash.

The New York Republican had won re-election in November and had initially pledged to fight on before announcing his resignation soon after his guilty plea.

Prosecutors had said he deserved at least two years behind bars, while the defense asked the court to spare Grimm a prison term.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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