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Ex-Rep. Michael Grimm sentenced to 8 months in prison for tax fraud

Former Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican from Staten Island, was sentenced to eight months in prison Friday after pleading guilty last December to tax fraud. Prosecutors had charged that Grimm improperly reported wages and income for his Manhattan restaurant "Healthalicious," and filed that false information on tax documents.

"I was wrong, absolutely wrong, to pay them off the books," Grimm said in court Friday. "All my life I have scraped and I have clawed and I have killed myself to better myself."

"Your moral compass, Mr. Grimm, needs some reorientation," the judge said.

Before resigning from Congress, Grimm cruised to re-election in November 2014 — despite a 20-count federal indictment against him.