Ex-Rep. Grimm Gets Eight Months in Jail

The Republican former lawmaker from New York was sentenced after pleading guilty to tax fraud.

Former Rep. Michael Grimm was sentenced Friday to eight months in prison for tax fraud, according to media reports.

A federal judge in a Brooklyn court reportedly blasted Grimm, who pleaded guilty to a felony tax-evasion charge, telling him his "moral compass" needed "some reorientation," according to the Staten Island Advance. Prosecutors had requested a longer sentence, while Grimm's lawyers argued he should receive probation.

In April 2014, Grimm received a 20-count indictment alleging he paid employees off the books, hired undocumented immigrants, and concealed more than $1 million in revenue at a Manhattan health fast-food restaurant he ran for four years.

But the former FBI agent won reelection in November in a landslide victory, in a district that includes Staten Island and part of Brooklyn.

In December, Grimm pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud, but said he wouldn't step down. On Dec. 30, that changed, and Grimm resigned.