Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm to plead guilty to tax evasion

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STATEN ISLAND (PIX11/AP) -- People familiar with plea negotiations say U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City plans to plead guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial next month.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. The Staten Island Republican is expected to enter the plea in a case stemming from an investigation of his campaign financing.

Grimm is accused of hiding more than a million in sales and wages at a Manhattan restaurant, in addition to hiring undocumented immigrants.

If convicted, Grimm could keep his house seat, but could be expelled, censured or fined.

Grimm is expected to enter a guilty plea tomorrow.