TRENTON — A jury on Wednesday returned a split verdict in the federal tax evasion trial of the head of one of New Jersey’s most powerful Republican county organizations.
The panel convicted George Gilmore, 69, of failing to pay payroll taxes at his law firm and submitting a false loan application.
But they acquitted him of filing false tax returns and deadlocked on tax evasion charges.
Gilmore declined comment as he left the courthouse. But his attorney says they plan to appeal the guilty verdicts.
Gilmore is a partner at Gilmore and Monahan law offices in Toms River. He also has served as Ocean County GOP chairman since 1996. Ocean has the most registered Republicans of any county in the state, election statistics show.
Prosecutors alleged he spent lavishly while failing to pay more than $1 million in taxes between 2013 and 2015.
Gilmore was responsible for withholding payroll taxes from the gross salary and wages of the firm’s employees to cover individual income, Social Security and Medicare tax obligations, court documents show. For the tax quarters ending March 31, 2016, and June 30, 2016, the firm withheld tax payments from its employees’ checks, but Gilmore failed to pay in full the payroll taxes due to the IRS.
Gilmore didn’t testify during the trial. His attorney argued Gilmore reported all his income and didn’t deceive the government about his inability to pay his taxes.
Each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 23.