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Judge blocks Grimm from traveling abroad, citing flight risk

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A federal judge is preventing former Rep. Michael Grimm (R) from traveling to Europe, deeming the disgraced one-time New York lawmaker a flight risk.

U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen denied Grimm’s request to visit Europe for a week this spring to conduct a job interview, according to a report from the Staten Island Advance.

{mosads}Grimm, who resigned from Congress, pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in December and is scheduled for sentencing on June 8.

“While Grimm’s incentive to flee arguably will be no greater in the spring than it is now, his opportunity to do so and to travel even further to a jurisdiction where he can avoid extradition, would surely be enhanced if he is permitted to leave the United States for one week,” Chen wrote in her Thursday ruling.

“While Grimm is certainly entitled to seek future employment, his desire to obtain a particular job does not trump the need to ensure his appearance for sentencing,” the judge added.

Grimm had asked Chen to change the terms of his $400,000 bond and allow him to travel in a letter Wednesday. 

The former lawmaker has put up his home as security for his bond, but Chen dismissed his request.

“Even though Grimm has posted his home as security for his pre-sentence release bond, the Court does not find that the loss of private property provides sufficient suasion if Grimm decides to leave the United States to avoid a possible prison term,” Chen wrote. “Obviously, if Grimm chose to flee, he would not need a house in the United States.”

Grimm won reelection in November by double digits, despite a 20-count federal indictment against him. After pleading guilty to one count of tax evasion, he resigned without joining the 114th Congress.

He faces a maximum of three years in prison for his crime. 

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