Wow. This is quite ugly. I’m never quite sure how people that systematically screw the government think they won’t get caught. I mean people are paid full-time to track down behavior like this.
A prominent gay Republican leader faces a possible 25-year prison sentence after admitting in federal court on Dec. 1 that he cheated New Jersey taxpayers and the IRS out of as much as $1 million.
Robert Stears, 51, who served as chair of the national gay group Log Cabin Republicans from 1999 to 2002, pleaded guilty to one count each of mail fraud and tax evasion charges.
Federal prosecutors began investigating Stears’ company after the head of a local taxpayers advocacy group discovered from public documents that the bridge commission appeared to be paying Strategy Group exorbitant fees for questionable services. Rick Perr, who has since become chair of the Burlington County Democratic Party, said he also discovered from campaign finance records that Strategy Group donated at least $110,000 to the Burlington County Republican Party.
Maybe Stears thought the only way to get ahead in New Jersey politics was to become as corrupt as the Garden State Democrats?