LACEY, N.J. – Shawn Giordano, the president of the Lacey Township Board of Education and a candidate in this year’s election has failed to pay over $38,000 in federal taxes, according to a copy of a lien filed with the Ocean County Clerk’s Office.
The IRS has filed a lien against Giordano, a self-proclaimed finance expert who is seeking a third term on the Lacey school board, for years worth of unpaid taxes accrued during his first term in office, starting in 2013.
Giordano has touted his financial management and business experience in his campaign, but the revelation of his mounting tax debts has poked holes in that narrative.
Tax liens ended the political career of former Lacey Township Attorney & Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, who defended the millions of dollars of liens he accrued by claiming he had a hoarding disorder. Gilmore purchased woolly mammoth tusks, among other frivolous expenses, instead of paying taxes. That defense was not enough to stop a federal jury from convicting him. Gilmore is set to be sentenced in January.