Former Rep. Michael Grimm gets 8 months in prison for tax evasion

WPIX 11 New York

NEW YORK — Former Congressman Michael Grimm was sentenced to eight months in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors had asked a judge to sentence the Staten Island Republican to at least two years behind bars. His lawyers had sought probation.

The Staten Island Republican pleaded guilty late last year to aiding in the filing of a false tax return. Grimm, 45, won re-election in November, but resigned after his guilty plea.

In addition to serving eight months behind bars, Grimm also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

The conviction is related to Grimm’s Manhattan restaurant, Healthalicious. Prosecutors said Grimm under-reported the true amount of Healthalicious earnings and used a portion of that unreported money to pay his workers “off the books.”

Because he also failed to report those cash wages he was paying the workers, Grimm’s restaurant paid lower federal and state payroll taxes.


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Tom Selleck Charged With Stealing Water in California

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05:  Actor Tom Selleck arrives to a screening and panel discussion of CBS's "Blue Bloods" at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 5, 2012 in North Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actor Tom Selleck has been charged with stealing water to irrigate his avocado farm and ranch in Southern California, water authorities in Ventura County say.

The “Blue Bloods” actor filled up a water tank on a commercial truck from a public fire hydrant 12 times and had the water brought to his property, the Calleguas Municipal Water District alleges in lawsuit filed on Monday against Selleck and his wife, Jillie,Courthouse News Service reported.

The water district says that it paid more than $21,000 to an investigator, who documented the alleged water thefts by Selleck.

From Sept. 20 to Oct. 3, 2013, a commercial water truck took water from a hydrant near a construction site in Thousand Oaks seven times and brought the water to “the Hidden Valley area where the Selleck property is located,” the lawsuit says.

Calleguas says that it sent cease-and-desist letters to Selleck in November 2013, telling the “Magnum P.I.” actor to stop taking water, but that he continued to do so.

The same commercial water truck spotted taking water before, took water on four separate dates in March, the water district alleges.

Selleck and his wife own a 60-acre ranch and avocado farm in Westlake Village, near Hidden Valley. They have lived there for almost three decades,according to the Los Angeles Times. 

The water district wants Selleck to pay the fees for the investigator, attorneys’ fees, and bar the actor from taking any more water.

California is grappling with a historic drought in which residents are being asked to cut their water usage 25 percent around the state.

According to the Times, affluent areas in Southern California, such as Beverly Hills, where many Hollywood actors live, use significantly more water per capita than other cities.

The Washington Post reported in June that a nudist resort near San Jose was charged with stealing water from a creek. Other California residents have been hit with similar allegations as well.