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Public Can Send Comments to Ritacco Sentencing Judge

Sentencing rescheduled for September

Residents have the option of sending written comments to the sentencing judge prior to the sentencing of Toms River Regional's disgraced former superintendent on fraud charges.

The sentencing of former Toms River Regional is now rescheduled for Sept. 14, before U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton.

Ritacco plead guity April 5 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.

He pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy to impede the IRS. Ritacco could face 11 to 14 years jail time, according to sentencing guidelines.

As part of the plea Ritacco will forfeit $1 million dollars, his 2010 Mercedes e550, and $8,960 from his home found as part of an FBI raid.

Letters are accepted, not email or phone correspondence. Letters can be mailed to:

U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano

United States Courthouse

402 East State Street

Trenton, NJ 08608

dave August 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM
whats to say, he's a thief,nail his ass for robbing us all these years,move over bernie madoff,you have company coming
gogo August 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM
dave he was a nice thief he did so much for the kids and the taxpayers.He deserved the 2 million he stole.What the hell is 2 million dollars when the school waste millions.He should have taken more he is entitled to it.
Chief Wahoo August 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
give him 100 years and then take off one year for every other crook he gives up
bayway mike August 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Okay, let's do the math..He took in $2.5 million and had to forfeit $1 million which means that $1.5 million is out there somewhere..Even if he's sentenced to the max of 14 years, as alot of people know that for each day severed, a day is shortened of his sentence..If he's locked up at this time, it will also be considered as time served, and will shorten his time behind bars..He'll most likely be out in about 6 years, and then he can dig up his backyard and use the $1.5 million that is probably hidden..
Beverly August 17, 2012 at 07:34 PM
He needs to do "time" since he was a example of leadership to hundreds of kids families who looked up to him. His good is overshadowed by the wrong he did. I would think that the minimum would serve him good and time to think about what he did. If he gets off then crime DOES pay. JMO
charles August 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM
He has plead guilty to stealing taxpayer had earned money and should not only repay all the money but serve prision time as a message to anyone thinking of doing the same thing wheather here in New Jersey or elsewhere. The corruption in New Jersey has to stop.
charles August 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
correction: He has plead guilty to stealing taxpayer hard earned money and should not only repay all the money but serve prison time as a message to anyone thinking of doing the same thing whether here in New Jersey or elsewhere. The corruption in New Jersey has to stop now.
none of yobusiness August 18, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Beverly in the federal system inmates serve all time. They are given 52 days off for every year for good behavior provided he behaves. There is no parole so hes going to serve much more time than he would have in the state system where parole exists. This is provided the judge doesnt decide to go outside the guidelines this rarely happens without significant cooperation.
Robert Bressman August 18, 2012 at 01:05 PM
He took 2.5 million in bribes from Gartland, but he took a lot more from us and they can't prove just how much he did take. Think about about what a 2% raise in commission meant to Gartland and the BOE didn't bat an eye when he asked for it, they should all go to jail
Beverly August 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
OH then he should do all his time. Someone can show him his "Ritacco Cell" and he can think about it. Thanks for the correction...but bet he never does one day in jail.
Karen Ann Campbell August 18, 2012 at 09:26 PM
He should do time for the kids.
YellowBird August 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I'm surprised that letters will even be accepted !! Bet they wouldn't accept letters about the corrupt Judges , Prosecutors or Child Stealers!!
Jon S August 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Hang'em high!!! Along with all other corrupted politicians.
Nick August 20, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Well, if there are some 90.000 residents and who know how many business in the district. If he removed some $2,000,000.00, that’s just about $22.00 per house hold. So who’s getting the money now? Did your taxes go up? So did mine….ô¿Ô…
Fedup August 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM
A public stoning would be most appropriate for Mr. Ritacco.
Viola Palmieri September 14, 2012 at 04:02 PM
What started out as a wonderful man doing good things for Toms River has now turned into the classic greed and arrogance situation. He should do the full 14 plus years for what he has done--no man should be above the law no matter how many people he "rats out". My taxes have gone up considerably as I am sure most residents in Toms River have also and why? because of this man raising our school taxes for his benefit. Its about time something is done. Hey--once hes sentenced do we get a rebate from the mones he stole for our school taxes???? Vi P.
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