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

State not looking to take Gilmore pension

Attorney General’s office: conviction unrelated to public position

By David Wildstein, April 24 2019 5:19 pm

Former Ocean County GOP chairman George Gilmore will not lose his state pension, the state Attorney General’s office said today.

“The details of the forfeiture are dependent on the nature of the criminal activity, particularly if it related to the public position,” said Sharon Lauchiere, a spokesperson for New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.  “In this case, Mr. Gilmore must forfeit any current position he holds; it will not impact his pension.”

Gilmore resigned his seat on the Ocean County Board of Elections yesterday and the party chairmanship today.    He has been in the state pension system since 1988 and has a salary of $22,500, according to the state website.

A federal court jury convicted Gilmore of two counts of failing to pay IRS payroll taxes withheld from the firm’s employees and one count of making a false statement on a bank loan application.   He was acquitted on two counts that he filed false tax returns.  The jury was unable to reach a verdict on income tax evasion charges.

“We will be seeking the forfeiture of all of the public positions currently held by Mr. Gilmore,” Lauchiere told the New Jersey Globe.  “The process requires a thorough investigation of positions held by Mr. Gilmore.  That investigation is not yet complete.”

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