NEWARK, NJ-After years of Obama era federal investigations failed to produce criminal charges, the Department of Justice has announced they will go after one of the state’s top Republicans for failing to pay taxes.
George Gilmore, the longtime chairman of the Ocean County Republican Party, was indicted by a federal grand jury, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced this afternoon.
Gilmore, 69, is an attorney, lobbyist and one of the most powerful Republicans in New Jersey. He was charged in a six-count indictment with one count of income tax evasion for calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015; two counts of filing false tax returns for calendar years 2013 and 2014; failing to collect, account for, and pay over payroll taxes for two quarters in 2016, and making false statements on a 2015 loan application submitted to Ocean First Bank N.A.
Honig credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John R. Tafur, special agents with U.S. Attorney’s Office under the direction of Supervisory Special Agent Thomas Mahoney, and special agents of the FBI Red Bank Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, for the investigation leading to today’s indictment.
The government is represented by Deputy U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Skahill; Assistant U.S. Attorney Jihee G. Suh of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division; and Trial Attorney Thomas F. Koelbl of the U.S. Department of Justice – Tax Division.
Gilmore is represented by Kevin H. Marino Esq., Chatham.
Marino the following statement, according to app.com:
“After serving grand jury subpoenas seeking evidence of political corruption on every town with which Mr. Gilmore conducts business—literally for years—the United States Attorney’s Office could manage only this lame, ersatz tax case,” Marino said.
“George Gilmore faithfully reported every penny of his income, repeatedly expressed his intention to pay his taxes together with interest and penalties, freely conceded that he was unable to pay his taxes in a timely fashion, and shared with the government the reasons why,” Marino said.
For years, the Department of Justice had investigated Gilmore, searching for political corruption leads, but after searching records from all of the municipalities Gilmore works for, they came up empty-handed.