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Disgust, Embarrassment Over Ritacco Guilty Pleas

Toms River South junior glad it's over

It should have come sooner.

That's Toms River High School South junior Ken Gaughran's take upon hearing that former longtime Toms River Regional Schools Superintendent to corruption charges today in federal court.

"Hopefully some pride and trust will be restored with the Board of Education," said Gaughran, who has followed the Ritacco saga from day one. "I'm actually glad he just pleaded guilty. It was dragging everyone down. He probably should have admitted it in the first place. It probably would have been easier."

pleaded guilty this morning in federal court in Trenton to mail fraud and conspiracy to impede the IRS. He could face 11 to 14 years of jail time, according to sentencing guidelines. His trial was slated to start Monday.

Forked River resident Daniel Menchise agreed that Ritacco should have pleaded guilty earlier.

"He probably should have admitted it in the first place," Menchise said. "It probably would have been easier."

For Jimmy Capone — the owner of Capone's on Washington Street in Toms River — the Ritacco story has been an embarassment.

"I just think the whole thing is a shame," Capone said. "It's embarrassing. I have kids that go to the school system. It's still a great town, still a great school system. We are going to be fine."

For Toms River resident Virginia Noto, the Ritacco scandal is just one in a long line of public officials.

"The greed!" she said. "It's like in fashion. What happened to good old-fashioned virtues? They went out the window. How dare he!"

Ritacco pleaded guilty to two of the 27 charges he was facing, and admitted his role in years of corruption at the school district, where as much as $2.5 million in bribes were allegedly passed between Ritacco, insurance brokers and intermediaries.

Trish April 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Johnny A, Yes, and don't forget all those who have their kids,cousins, nieces,, nephews and their friends kids that are getting special treatment too. This way all their cronies do not have to pay for college. That is the games they play mean while they shut down and squash other kids with in the community that actually are the ones who really deserve it.
Trish April 10, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Just look at the Pension he was going to receive. Something close to $155,000 a year. Break it down, close to $15,000 per month is insane. The average pension for workers might be close to $1,500 per month. This is the reason why the pension system is collapsing. I do not care how much the state gives back from what they took it can't sustain these types of pensions. It is ridiculous. This is only 1 administrator out of many. For what he did, give him back the amount he put in to his pension witch was around $132,000 does not even cover a year, if he lives to be in his 80's where is all the money coming from. Other members that are at the bottom. Overhaul public pensions. Give them all the money they put in to the system and let them make their own. What I really find funny is other public workers who are receiving public pensions that are complaining or calling out the large amount some are receiving and about what other current public workers are or going to receive public pensions soon. From complaining about the high taxes to making need adjustment. Just grandfather me and start now. Talk about shinning the light on one self.
Icdedppl April 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I've met powerful people like him on the job. Including those stuffed shirt senators. Such arrogance about these people. Like they're so much better than me. Well, I never bribe anyone and I'm not going to jail. So who's the better person now?
lockoutl311 June 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I'm very interested in knowing that also. I'm hoping he did and has to rot in a cell for at least 10 years. Maybe that will help him lose some fat. May he get what he deserves.
Bud Ratliff July 01, 2012 at 05:53 PM
He's living the good life in Mobile, AL - if you want more info email me at gmacbowl1@gmail.com

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