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Former Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Appellate court upholds Gilmore conviction

By David Wildstein, December 04 2020 6:08 pm

The conviction of former Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore on tax-related charges was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Gilmore was convicted in April 2019 and sentenced to one year and one day in prison after a jury found that he failed to pay payroll taxes previously withheld from employees at his Toms River law firm, Gilmore & Monahan.

He was also found guilty of making false statements on an application for a bank loan.

The three-judge appellate court panel found that U.S. District Court Judge Anne Thompson properly excluded Gilmore’s claim that he suffered from a “hoarding” disorder that caused him to divert money due to the Internal Revenue Service to fund his lavish spending habits.

In his appeal, Gilmore’s attorney, Kevin Marino, said that the expert psychiatric testimony would have negated an intent to commit tax crimes.

It’s not immediately clear when Gilmore will begin serving his prison term, or even if he would be forced to report until after the current coronavirus pandemic is over.

Marino told POLITICO last month that Gilmore was not seeking a pardon from outgoing President Donald Trump.  He said his client, who has a close relationship with Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, would prevail on appeal.

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