From our colleagues at NY1:

Congressman Michael Grimm, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, was taken into federal custody this morning over allegations he defrauded the government while owning a Manhattan restaurant.

The indictment, unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court, charges the Staten Island Republican with five counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal tax returns, one count of conspiring to defraud the U.S., one count of impeding the Internal Revenue Service, one count of health care fraud, one count of engaging in a pattern or practice of hiring and continuing to employ unauthorized aliens, two counts of perjury and one count of obstructing an official proceeding.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says the charges stem from 2007 to 2010 when he was the owner and manager of “Healthalicious,” a fast food restaurant on the Upper East Side.

They say he fraudulently under-reported over $1 million of the restaurant’s sales and wages.

Grimm has been under investigation for possible campaign finance violations since his first run for Congress in 2009.

He was elected to the House in 2010, representing Staten Island and southwest Brooklyn
and is currently seeking re-election.

Grimm’s attorney says his client will keep serving in Congress while fighting the charges.

Grimm made national headlines in January when he physically threatened Time Warner Cable’s Washington reporter Michael Scotto for asking about the investigation during a recorded interview.