Apr 28, 2014, 12:30 pm EST
On Monday, Michael Grimm, a Republican congressman from New York, surrendered to FBI agents as federal prosecutors unsealed a 20-count indictment against him.
Michael Grimm, who represents New York’s Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, is expected to be arraigned later in the day on conspiracy, obstruction, mail fraud and perjury charges at a federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors accuse Michael Grimm of hiding more than $1 million in gross receipts at his Healthalicious restaurant from federal and state taxes, USA TODAY notes.
A former FBI agent, Michael Grimm was denounced by George Venizelos, the FBI’s New York field office assistant director, who said, “He cheated, evaded and then lied.” Read
Apr 25, 2014, 9:46 am EST
U.S. postal workers protested at 50 Staples (SPLS) locations over a partnership between the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the retailer.
The partnership between the USPS and Staples has post office stores opening inside around 80 of the retail chain’s locations. The program lets people buy stamps, send packages and use Priority and certified mail all from inside a Staples store. Hundreds of postal workers turned out to protest these new locations, reports Salt Lake Tribune.
The issue that postal workers have with the Staples and USPS partnership is that the in-store post offices aren’t manned by postal employees. Instead, the deal has Staples employees manning the counters. Postal unions claim that this is the first step to taking away jobs from trained postal employees and privatizing mail, Salt Lake Tribune notes. Read
Apr 23, 2014, 12:03 pm EST
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gave $1.1 million in bonuses to employees with back taxes.
According to an inspector general’s report, the IRS gave out the $1.1 million in bonuses in a two-year period to over 1,100 employees that owed back taxes. These same employees also received pay increases at a faster rate than what is normal and 10,000 hours of additional time off, reports The Los Angeles Times.
The 1,100 employees that owed back taxes were part of a group of 2,800 IRS employees that were disciplined and then received bonuses not even a year later. The inspector general that filed the report has advised the IRS to make a policy change that would affect how bonuses are handed out to employees that have back taxes, L.A. Times notes. Read
Apr 18, 2014, 9:57 am EST
With Obamacare enrollment now at 8 million, President Barack Obama said the partisan debate over the controversial healthcare law should finally come to a close.
The Obama administration’s original target for health coverage on the government-run exchanges was 7 million enrollees — for the first year of the mandate for individuals to carry insurance.
The Affordable Care Act — dubbed Obamacare by the GOP — has produced the largest increase in healthcare coverage that the United States has seen since Medicare and Medicaid were rolled out. Read