TOMS RIVER - Longtime Republican political boss George C. Gilmore was convicted on Wednesday of three federal tax charges. Gilmore's imprint has had heavy impact on Stafford Township politics in the past 30 years.
A federal jury in Trenton found the 70-year-old Gilmore guilty of three of the six charges against him. He was guilty of two counts of deducting payroll taxes from his law firm’s employees but not turning them over to the Internal Revenue Service, and one count of lying on a bank application for a $1.5 million loan.
The jury deadlocked on the top charge of evasion of payment. He was also found not guilty on two charges of filing false tax returns.
U.S. District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson set sentencing for 10 a.m. on July 23. Gilmore faces potential prison time for each of the charges he was convicted of.
An interesting part of Gilmore's defense was that he had a "hoarding disorder." He admitted spending over $2.5 million lavishly. Those purchases included home renovations, vacations and collectibles including model trains and animal tusks. He also failed to pay approximately $1.5 million in taxes and penalties between 2013 and 2016.
Gilmore's Toms River law firm, Gilmore & Monahan, has more than $2 million in municipal contracts, securing taxpayer-funded legal work in a number of Republican-controlled towns in Ocean County, including Stafford Township. Where his firm serves as attorney for the Stafford Council. The attorney which sits on Stafford's Council is Jean Cipriano, from the Gilmore and Monahan firm. His firm also has government contracts in Jackson, Lacey, Little Egg Harbor Township, Plumsted and Seaside Heights.
It is assumed that Gilmore will step down as Ocean County Republican chairman since he has been convicted of these three charges.