More people have been served with grand jury subpoenas in connection with the ongoing federal investigation into Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, OCP has learned.

According to a source familiar with the contents of the subpoenas, federal grand jury proceedings related to the case were scheduled for 10:00 AM Thursday morning in room 316 of the Clarkson S. Fisher United States Courthouse and Federal Building located in Trenton.

A sample subpoena issued by the federal courts

According to the source, “at least eight” of Ocean County’s municipal elected officials from several towns were personally served with federal grand jury subpoenas in connection with the ongoing federal investigation, along with two influential Republican state senators, one of which is connected in some way to additional loans that were made to Gilmore over the years.

The source said that it is possible that additional subpoenas may be issued in the course of the investigation.

Chasing News first broke the story about the federal investigation on its “Aurora Project” investigative series. Gilmore has refused to publicly comment on the investigation, with his attorney telling the Asbury Park Press that the influential Republican chairman “will be exonerated” in the course of the probe.

The Chasing News report referenced an unidentified contractor that was subpoenaed as a part of the investigation who made a loan to Gilmore.

More information is expected to become available about the investigation in the days and weeks ahead.

Ocean County Politics was the first to report on Gilmore’s substantial amount of unpaid federal income taxes back in March, with the liens on Gilmore’s house totaling almost $1 million dollars.

Amid all of Gilmore’s tax troubles, Governor Chris Christie recently nominated Gilmore’s son Michael to be a state tax court judge earlier this year.

Gilmore’s riverfront enclave. Photo courtesy of Barry Bendar

 

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