AP sources: US Rep. Michael Grimm of NYC to plead guilty to tax evasion

NEW YORK, N.Y. – People familiar with the case tell The Associated Press that U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City is planning to plead guilty to a tax evasion charge instead of going to trial next month.

A plea hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Lawyers for Grimm and federal prosecutors declined to comment on the hearing. But the two people familiar with the case said Monday that the politician plans to plead guilty to a single count of aiding in the filing of a false tax return.

The people weren’t authorized to discuss the plea deal and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Staten Island Republican and former FBI agent was charged in May. He won re-election in November.