Ex-GOP powerbroker gets prison term for federal tax crimes

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The former head of one of New Jersey’s most powerful Republican county organizations was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison for federal tax crimes.

George Gilmore will also have to serve three years of probation once he’s freed and must receive mental health treatment for his obsessive spending.

He was convicted last April of failing to pay payroll taxes at his law firm and submitting a false loan application, but was acquitted of filing false tax returns by a jury that also deadlocked on tax evasion charges.

Gilmore stepped down as leader of the Ocean County GOP just days after his trial ended.