By: Alex Morales
Police arrested Staten Island resident Michael Tommasi for allegedly sneaking into his company’s office in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. They claimed he broke through the front door of the firm, Interior Metals.
In Tommasi’s office, the police further claimed, were cocaine and more than two dozen bottles of anabolic steroids, stashed behind some ceiling tiles. (Charges of felony drug possession and burglary were later cut down to misdemeanors.)
Now, Tommasi has apparently claimed in court papers that his problem were caused by former Congressman Michael Grimm, who is dating his ex-wife Antonella and used his pull with the police to cause trouble.
“Antonella utilized the political connections of her ‘boyfriend,’ Michael Grimm, in order to persuade the police to arrest Michael at his place of business” and to get an order of protection barring him from the premises, the hubby alleged in the lawsuit against his estranged spouse,” reported the New York Post.
Antonella Tommasi “has also siphoned off $600,000 for herself in a bid to lower the value of the $10 million company and force Michael, who owns 49 percent of the shares, to sell out to her on the cheap, he said in court papers,” according to the Post. “While “falsely and maliciously” accusing Michael of stealing from Interior Metals, Antonella has used company cash to pay for hotels, personal meals and parking, her ex charges.”
Grimm is a businessman, convicted felon, Marine Corps veteran, and one-time politician who represented New York’s 13th congressional district during his first term, after which he represented New York’s 11th congressional district. On April 28, 2014, he was charged by federal authorities with 20 counts of fraud, federal tax evasion, and perjury. He was sentenced to eight months in prison for tax evasion. In October 2017, Grimm launched a campaign to attempt to win back his old House seat in New York’s 11th District. He was not successful.
New York magazine once wrote of Grimm that he “owned one of the most centrist records in the 111th Congress. And then, after only four years in office, he resigned and assumed a new title: inmate 83479-053. He pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion after first being hit with a 20-count indictment related to his Upper East Side restaurant — mail and wire fraud, filing false tax returns, perjury, hiring and employing undocumented immigrants, and so on.”
The feature story added wistfully, “Anyway, what Grimm is selling — a kind of cosmic bond between himself, the president, and his “real,” “regular,” and, “average” supporters — can’t be qualified with facts or statistics. It’s not even about policy. It’s a matter of the gut, the heart, and the hands, and well, isn’t that Staten Island?”
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