STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Even after he was elected to Congress, former Rep. Michael Grimm still had a financial stake in the Manhattan restaurant that sunk his political career and made him a convicted felon, according to allegations in newly-unsealed court documents.
Grimm had a business partner back-date documents to show he had sold his stake in Healthalicious — an Upper East Side wrap-and-smoothie restaurant — on June 30, 2010, but e-mails obtained by the FBI showed he maintained financial ties with the restaurant through at least 2012, the documents allege.
In one e-mail, dated Dec. 21, 2010 — after he won the race to become Staten Island’s congressional representative — he needled his business partner about having to write up an agreement describing his sale of the property, the FBI alleged.
“Hope you are enjoying your night out while I am home drafting your legal documents. It must be nice having a Congressman work for you for free….” he wrote, according to the filings.
The revelations came in two heavily redacted search warrant applications filed by the FBI in December 2013 and January 2014 in the campaign finance fraud case of Diana Durand, Grimm’s ex-girlfriend. The filings include several e-mails between him and a business partner and government cooperator referred to as “CW #1.”
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