After Sentencing, What's Next for Ritacco?

Restitution, sale of home yet to occur

TRENTON — The former superintendent of Toms River Regional was sentenced to 135 months of jail and voluntarily submitted to U.S. Marshals Friday afternoon to begin serving his sentence immediately.

Michael Ritacco, guilty of tax evasion and mail fraud relating to more than $2.5 million in bribes and kickbacks passed between the former superintendent and co-conspirators, also faces a restitution hearing, his lawyers said.

Attorney William Hughes confirmed no restitution was ordered at the sentencing Friday and instead a separate court proceeding, possibly in December, will be scheduled to decided if and how much restitution Ritacco must pay.

, sentencing Judge Joel Pisano said several million dollars were "fleeced" from the school district, due to inflated contracts Ritacco helped to orchestrate over the span of 12 years, or from Ritacco purposefully hiring co-conspirators to help facilitate deceit, he said.

Attorney Jerome Ballaratto said about $1 million in owed taxes is nearly repaid after the sale of Ritacco's home in Seaside Park. The home is currently listed for sale, placed on the market earlier this month.

Ballaratto said proceeds from the sale would likely be used for repaying taxes owed, as outlined in charges Ritacco pleaded guilty to, for tax evasion. According to a , Ritacco failed to report the proceeds of the cash payments he received for multiple years.

Andrea M. Sorensen September 16, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I sure hope so! I hope they turn over every rock and find every last one of them!
Andrea M. Sorensen September 16, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Why are you blaming Christie? He wasn't even the Gov. when ritacco started stealing from the schools. They need to be asking the rest of his buddies on the board, how such well educated people had NO IDEA he was stealing. That's a question we all deserve an answer to. I don't buy it. I sure hope nobody else does either.
Andrea M. Sorensen September 16, 2012 at 01:28 PM
GET THE HECK OFF THE CHRISTIE CRAP. The judge sentenced ritacco, NOT Christie. You are trying to say that the board had no idea what he was doing but the Gov did? Was Christie following ritacco around every day watching every move he made? NO. But the board saw what was happening and did NOTHING!
Mattie September 16, 2012 at 01:51 PM
It's always gonna get ya --- KARMA.
grace September 16, 2012 at 03:16 PM
they are all retiring with pensions as supervisors principals etc..with their family members and their friends in secure positions within the school system
grace September 16, 2012 at 03:21 PM
all so very true and sadly so much more....one example...if you donate the scoreboard for north a position is opening up this september for your daughter...true statement..the honest man turned it down and did not donate the scoreboard nor does his daughter work in toms river schools
Joan September 16, 2012 at 05:50 PM
This must be the furniture that he picked out when he scared the furniture store with the large wade of cash he brought in to the store. Who pays cash for that much furniture? In the paper it was reported the furniture man was so afraid of Ritacco and his cash, he stacked the money up and took pictures. Who does that unless you are crook it.
Joan September 16, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I think those who are questioning and dragging Chris Christie in to this problem is because he has been all about doing what is right for the kids, tax payers of our State. You are correct Christie was not even around or involved when Ritacco was stealing from the Tax payers... but Christie has not responded once he found out Ritacco was doing. Not one word, that seems funny being Christie has such a big mouth and has been vocal about the public schools in general. He would have been all over that if it was some other superintendent. Is it because Ritacco had a rather large party for him when he was running for Governor or is it because Christie made him a model of Superintendents. It just seems odd that Christie has so much to say about the public school system, what everyone is doing wrong but has been totally silent about this from the beginning. That is just not his style so it is being questioned being he has so much to say about everybody and everything else.
Martin September 16, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Bingo! You hit the nail on the head!
Project Bluebeam September 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Ken: Can your mom afford a good attorney? Careful with the libel there junior!
Ken G September 16, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Hey look my stalker is back! Bet you just got real happy didnt you?
D September 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM
They are all scums...
Allison September 17, 2012 at 02:03 AM
You'd think, with the sum of monies involved, that he would have fixed the hvac issues at Toms River HS South. Cold air coming from the heaters in the winter and HOT, stagnant air in the summer with the occasional waft of body odor from sweaty teachers and classmates. I graduated in 2004, so I'm not sure about current conditions, but the rats that were living in our classroom heating units had it better. Some of my textbooks would have entire sections torn out. There weren't enough books to go around, so we would have to share too often. I know these would be considered "first world problems," but look at how he was living. Disgusting.
Hector Logan September 17, 2012 at 03:57 AM
what's next for this website once you can't stick "Ritacco" at the end of every school news article and board meeting article? Wait.. forgot.. probably will.
George September 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM
It's what taxpayers are interested in, judging by all the comments here. It's statewide news. It has serious consequences for our schools, kids and TR's reputation for years to come. If you're not interested in this real-world scandal, go back to "The X Factor" and "Dancing With the Stars."
Andrea M. Sorensen September 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Let me guess, you are either a friend, work for the TR schools or have a family member who does. The things he did, and the abuse of his power, is beyond anything this town has ever seen. It affected all of us. The kids, teachers, tax payers, etc. How does anyone justify defending him?
njsoccermom77 September 17, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I read this story about how the State of New Jersey pays a pension to a former head sheriff that admitted to molesting 8 boys and was caught in a sting with a 9th that was really an undercover State Trooper, yet he only did 9 months in county jail is not a registered sex offender and collects a pension from the state. This is not only outrageous but it puts the community at risk because people like this never stop. here is the link for the article please read and help bring this matter public. http://bit.ly/Qo9mz3
algonquin September 17, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Hang him high. The Ritacco Center should be leveled and rebuilt. Corrupt cocksucker.
Chrissy The Saint September 19, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Aqualung you must be a real happy person to find such joy in other people's misery.
Hector Logan September 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Not defending him at all. Just tired of seeing his name plastered all over this blog. Where are all the good stories in town? I see accidents, robberies, scandals, deaths. I'm sure there's some good stuff going on in Toms River. This website just seems to trash everything in town at every turn. I find it hard to believe nothing good ever happens here.
KC October 05, 2012 at 06:13 AM
You're disappointed? The rest of us are disgusted!
KC October 05, 2012 at 06:17 AM
As expressed on another post, some of us are of the opinion that we need to demand a forensic audit of the entire school system. Hiring a company like PWC, KPMG or E&Y would cost some - but probably turn up millions of dollars. Where there is smoke there is fire.
KC October 05, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Needed five and a half bathrooms for all the bull.
KC October 05, 2012 at 06:31 AM
There ya go Allison. That is the true cost of corruption. Use the lesson learned to make something of your life despite this misfortune. Unfortunately it is a commonplace thing our schools statewide.
barbara October 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM
So agree Andrea, well said........
grace October 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
does anyone know the story about a sister who was killed? was wondering i seem to remember something about that...also lets hope when the book comes out or the lifetime movie any monies made go somewhere other than his relatives or other toms river school buddies who all now have cushion jobs, pensions after their sudden retirements and /or their children who have the jobs now
grace October 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
KC the fire all live on vincenzo drive
grace October 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
KC the fire all live on vincenzo drive
Doug Bennett October 16, 2012 at 11:14 PM
As I remember it and I may a bit off on this, she was a teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary and was on her way to work. Playground improvements at the school were named after her I believe.
grace October 17, 2012 at 01:55 PM
ah doug i think you are right and i do now remember something like that too..


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