State Sen. Bob Singer declined to call for Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore’s resignation following guilty verdicts on three counts in the latter’s tax evasion trial Wednesday.
“We’re just hearing this now. I got the news like two minutes before you called me on this,” Singer told the New Jersey Globe. “We have to digest everything. I’m very saddened by this. I’ve always been very close to George as a person and am very saddened by this. I have to digest the full ramifications of it.”
The jury in Gilmore’s trial found the longtime Republican leader guilty on two counts of failing to pay employee payroll taxes and on one count of making false statements on a loan application.
He was found not guilty on charges that he filed false tax returns, and the jury failed to reach a verdict on the federal tax evasion charges against the Ocean County power broker.
In March, Singer told the New Jersey Globe Gilmore was guilty until proven innocent, saying he would reserve judgement until the trial’s conclusion.
While Singer stopped well short of calling for Gilmore’s resignation, he suggested such a call might be coming if attempts by Gilmore’s lawyers to head off the convictions didn’t pan out.
“It is my understanding that the attorney has made a motion that the charges be dropped for lack of evidence. The judge is taking it under consideration,” Singer said. “We have to wait to hear that final thing, but there is no question about that — if the felony convictions stand, I’m sure that George will do the right thing.”
The Asbury Park Press reported that Gilmore’s attorney said the chairman has no intention of resigning and intends to appeal the jury’s decision.
Gilmore faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. His sentencing hearing is slated for 10 a.m. July 23.