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Ritacco Sentencing Now Scheduled for September

Original sentencing was scheduled for July.

Awaiting punishment after pleading guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy, former Superintendent Michael Ritacco has a new sentencing date, now rescheduled for Sept. 14.

The sentencing of the former Toms River Regional was originally scheduled for July 12, before U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton. But, in June, it was postponed.

Now Pisano is scheduled to sentence Ritacco at a 10 a.m. Sept. 14 in Trenton federal court. The new sentencing date was made Aug. 8, according to court documents. The Sept. 14 sentencing will be in Courtroom 1.

Ritacco pleaded 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.

Donna Griffin August 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM
KC - I agree that the best candidates are not getting hired for a whole host of reasons. I, however, have to say that the teachers' union does its members no favor in protecting bad (and in some cases, horrific) teachers from being appropriately fired. The "good" teachers will always be pulled down by their incompetent colleagues and I think it's time for those qualified educators to step up to the plate and DEMAND from their union that the bad apples go. I think that would do a world of good in bringing back confidence to the taxpayer who continues to fund what we can all agree is a broken system. Ritacco is simply part of the issue. The problems are significantly deeper than one greedy and corrupt administrator.
Donna Griffin August 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Mr. ? - I absolutely agree that Ritacco needs to be significantly punished, but I almost get the sense from some of the posts that he did "good" things for our schools with little concept of what those "good" things are. My concern is that there are a lot of parents who feel that a new sports field constitutes quality education. Folks who think that TR schools are the cream of the crop when it comes to academics are fooling themselves and worse still, their children. I have lived in this town for 30 years. I have raised my children here. TR offers a lovely quality of life. Our schools, however, need improvement. For all the administrators and taxpayer $ poured into this system, we should expect incredible outcomes, high graduation rates and college readiness for graduating seniors. We "ain't" getting it.
1stcav August 16, 2012 at 01:19 PM
KC we would ALL love to read your letter !!!!
Justin August 16, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Agreed Suzanne. Hardly a larger then life criminal. People are just so over the top with their comments its unbelievable.
Justin August 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Apparently JOHNNY didn't read or understand what A Citizen was trying to say at all. Take the blinders off man!
grace August 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM
yes we have justin i would say that i know he has been a sneak since 1983
grace August 16, 2012 at 02:15 PM
and the jobs he brought in were to people who did him favors their kids and so on come on justin you have no clue! wonder if a tally was taken of how many teachers were hired without teaching certificates just how many it would be please all who you knew back then
grace August 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM
dave and jill those statements are so true...ive been saying that for years...its unbelievable what went on...now those hirees will be principals etc laughable what the empire he created will become...omg okay you date my friends daughter u get a job and so on and so on...and like i asked before how many were hired without certificates? or how about your husband works out at the gym with my wife...ok you get a job..no certificate no problem
grace August 16, 2012 at 02:23 PM
another joke cafe 1144...give mistress job...ritacco river fest you dont work it hmmm will you get a job for any friends if you dont? i think a book and movie are next...marshall and ritacco upstanding t r citizens
grace August 16, 2012 at 02:27 PM
great points system and yes i remember the mayor doing that...he also had the chief of police in his pocket too....remember the suicide of his mistresses son...no publicity nothing ...chief covered up plenty...was it about cash from ritacco center? and talk about cash all cash from ritacco center who handled all that? o boy it just gets better and better
Typical Obama Voter August 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Mike Ritacco is a common crimnal. Mike Ritacco will soon be a convicted federal prisoner. Hey Convict, still think you're a big shot now?...LOL,...LOL...LOL
Typical Obama Voter August 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I bet his next High School Class reunion will be a real Hoot...LOL....LOL....Big shot
grace August 16, 2012 at 02:32 PM
and why couldnt someone from a different district be the new super? all who worked with him served him and knew what was happening...it was like he had this hold on people , then their family got jobs ...and so on and so on
timmy o August 16, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Mike didja sing to da feds about Happy? lol republicons lol
Concerned August 16, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Justin can you say propaganda , you son are what we call a kool aid drinker, you got one education , how the hell can you think it was better then anyone else's. The guys a j@&$ off and I'd like to punch him in the face for stealing from my family, the hard earned money that I paid in property taxes that he used to act likea big s$&@.
Tired of the status quo August 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Oh Mike, we all just want you to continue to sing like a bird. We want you to bring down all of those who thought that (like you ) they were above the law. This goes for EVERYONE it doesn't matter if they are an elected official or an attorney or even john q. public if you stole from the taxpayers your a thief as well as a low life. Lets just hope that this judge holds off his sentencing until October and Mike hands over a few more crooks from this town!
ja August 17, 2012 at 02:56 AM
hey jill if you dont like the union then leave
KC August 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Correction: In what I would characterize as a little tardy, not remiss I did recieve a reply from Gov. Christie regarding aforementioned post.
proud August 18, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Justin, your post is testimony to the education you received .
JOHNNY Done it August 18, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I see someone is a ritacco supporter
JOHNNY Done it August 18, 2012 at 02:13 AM
YEP no one knows what really was going on..It all looked good on the outside until you start looking on the inside
proud August 18, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Is there really much difference between a pimp and a prostitute?
JOHNNY Done it August 18, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Nice,..the criminal justice system is broke , you should have sold him some insurance lol
JOHNNY Done it August 18, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Justin you must have read thru my comment I was adding I did not disagree
Dad of 4 August 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
This world is loaded with people who justify their underhanded activity by balancing it with the "good" that they have done. Sure, we had lower taxes and an excellent school system. But this is no excuse for criminal behavior. Let the chips fall ! Remember, a world famous football coach's legacy is now a negative one, not because of what he did, but what he didn't do.
careless fills September 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM
even if sentenced, don't expect ritacco to go to jail immediately - in federal courts, the convicted often have a month or so to report to the pen
Donna Griffin September 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I would hazard to guess that the 2.5 million was factored into the district's premium payments. I doubt highly that Gartland went into his own personal stash of cash to grease Ritacco's palms. Let's face it...the taxpayer was absolutely impacted in this little scheme.
Seriously? September 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM
@Justin -- you just exposed the reason why you are so pro-Ritacco: you have a family member working for the district. Well, pal, Ritacco's gone, so you don't have to march lock-step to the party line anymore. Your family member's job is safe. By the way -- my school taxes have NEVER gone down in the 20+ years I've lived in this town, nor were they ever that "low", as you said. It was all district propaganda aimed at stupid taxpayers who were blinded by all the bling brought in by Mike under the guise of being "for the kids". Yeah right -- it was all for Mike. The kids had nothing to do with it.
1stcav September 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
And...he said: I never heard of Mike ????? Didn't know him @ ALL !!!! Move on ???
grace September 14, 2012 at 05:13 PM
he will be going to sunny north carolina or somewhere like that...probably even have a golf course

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