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UPDATE: Ex-Mayor Inteso Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Former Toms River Mayor Carmine C. Inteso Jr. pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Former Toms River Mayor Carmine C. Inteso Jr. pleaded guilty today to tax evasion in Trenton federal court for failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars of income from the insurance broker who was convicted for bribing school officials, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.

Inteso pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano to one count of tax evasion, Fishman said in a statement. Matthew Reilly, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney, said five other charges against Inteso were dismissed.

Inteso, who held various offices in Toms River from 2002 through 2007, allegedly took a job as a contractor in Afghanistan after learning he was the target of the tax investigation and was taken into custody at New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport in July upon his return to the United States. 

Inteso joined the Dover Township Committee in 2002 and became mayor August 13 that year.  He then served as deputy mayor in 2003 and later became a councilman-at-large when Dover, Toms River's previous name, had changed to a Mayor-Council form of government, according to Toms River's records.

Payments from Gartland

Beginning in 2005 and continuing through 2008, Inteso accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from Francis X. Gartland, 71, of Baltimore, an insurance broker whose companies provided insurance brokerage services for New Jersey municipal entities – including the Brick Township Board of Education and the Township of Toms River, Fishman said.

Inteso directed Gartland -- who was recently sentenced to 135 months in prison for mail fraud, perjury, and consipiracy to defraud the IRS -- to make the payments to a company Inteso controlled and that had ceased operating by 2007, Fishman said. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's indictment against Inteso,  he had tax deficiencies of $26,971 for the tax year 2006, $20,839 for 2007 and $3,206 in 2008 when he withdrew money from the "sham company" he created.

Inteso used the funds to pay for his personal expenses and withdrew significant amounts of cash. Despite receiving approximately $291,000 in income from the insurance broker during calendar years 2006, 2007 and 2008, Inteso failed to file personal income taxes for those years, Fishman said.

The count of tax evasion to which Inteso pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 22, 2013.

Fishman credited special agents of IRS under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen; and the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, with the investigation leading to the indictment. Fishman said the Office of International Affairs in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and the Diplomatic Security Service’s Regional Security Office in Kabul, Afghanistan provided invaluable assistance with the indictment and arrest.

Gartland, Ritacco ties

Gartland had admitted that he was part of a bribery scheme between 2002 and 2010 that had enriched Michael J. Ritacco, the former superintendent of the Toms River Regional School District, Fishman had said in a statement in April.

Ritacco was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after admitting his role in years of corruption at the school district, where as much as $2.5 million in bribes were allegedly passed between him, insurance brokers and intermediaries. Ritacco will forfeit $1 million, his 2010 Mercedes E550 and $8,960 found at his home.

Chief Wahoo December 17, 2012 at 09:05 PM
not even Sandy could clean this town
Martin December 17, 2012 at 09:10 PM
The key word is "seems." It can take years of investigation to find out what's really going on behind the scenes.
mjmjr December 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
THEY ALWAYS SAY,NOT GUILTY UNTIL THEY GO TO COURT,THIS TOWN IS SO DIRTY THE FBI COULD OPEN A FULL TIME OFFICE AND NEVER LEAVE..IS THERE ANY HONEST PERSON IN ANY OFFICE OF OCEAN COUNTY,WE KNOW NOT IN TOMS RIVER.THAT IS NOT CORRUPT.
mjmjr December 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I DISAGREE
CCGG December 17, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Wow, it seems nobody is happy with just making a living, what a bunch of bumbs!
knarfie December 17, 2012 at 09:54 PM
No. They all feather their nests,illegally or "legally" with spouses, other relatives, friends, so called jobs. But the sheep in Ocean County keep reelecting them. They deserve what they get.
Sandra December 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM
And this is just the beginning. As they catch them they turn on each other and point fingers to others. It goes on and on.
Peter Cooper December 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM
YES ! Current Mayor Tom Kellaher.....NO Corruption here.....The best of the best...
Henry Dudley December 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I got it. Here is Inteso's problem, he is not a Democrat if he was a Democrat cheating on his taxes would qualify him to be treasury secretary.
Cosma December 18, 2012 at 12:25 AM
this town is the worst of the worst..... something needs to be done about it, I hope the FBI keeps bringing the scum to justice.
Amorinos December 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I second that...
Glitz-see December 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM
So he worked for Ritacco-Garland and company. Wow what a suprise, NIOT
Fred Jr December 18, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Whats the big deal here. He was working for Mike Ritacoo, Gartand and DelLonzo. took illegal money from them and could not report it cause they were stealling it and giving it to Inteso. He's a crook like his buddies Ritacco and company.
Mark December 18, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Well he may not be corrupt but he has no clue about about being a Mayor
Nick December 18, 2012 at 01:41 AM
O No you can clam that money. If it is reported but you just don't say where it came from. Personal consulting fees, doesn't matter, LMAO The fed just wanted there cut, he could have walked.
ed crowley December 18, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Glad to see he was only a tax cheat. I was afraid he was being bribed. What were the payments for?
davis December 18, 2012 at 03:16 AM
No matter how you look at it. Inteso was involved with Rat-Taco and company. He was paid by Gartland and Rat-Taco, which was bribe money. He did not get this money from ABC corp, it was from Ritaco and his clan. Had he got this mney from any other company we probably would never have heard about this. But, cause it was connected to the Toms River school bribery scandal and the money came from Gartland, well there you go.
1stcav December 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Stay tuned, it's a game of tag, he is/was the latest tagged & now has to tag someone else.....The "Good Old Boys Club" in O.C. the ones who KEEP getting voted in each & every election by the party sheep !
. December 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM
All cronies of our governor. He has yet to comment on his good friend Mike Ritacco.
Just another day December 18, 2012 at 05:22 PM
OK so the GOP is a bunch of crooks....But I'd rather them then a democRAT in office distributing the wealth.
steve russu February 27, 2013 at 06:13 PM
toms river is the most corrupt county in n.j. its a shame christie needs to come here and set them straight
barry February 27, 2013 at 07:53 PM
people in tomsriver are getting the short end of the stick corrupt elected officials harresment charges terrible dune system high taxes what the h-ll is going on down here we know the water is bad but this is crazy time to march on tomsriver and be heard the corruption has to stop

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