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Former Toms River schools supervisor sentenced Monday in Trenton

Toms River's former supervisor of athletics and special projects was sentenced Monday to over 3 years in prison in connection with a scheme to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to the former schools superintendent.

Frank D’Alonzo, 55, of Lavallette received the 37 month prison sentence in federal court in Trenton, before U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano, for his association with the kickback schemes involving former Superintendent Michael Ritacco.

Pisano also was sentenced D'Alonzo to three years of supervised release once his prison term is completed, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. A restitution and forfeiture hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Dec. 12 before Pisano.

D'Alonzo pleaded guilt to one count of bribery and one count of tax evasion, "admitting that he participated in a scheme in which he received corrupt payments from Francis X. Gartland, 71," a Baltimore insurance broker who covered the Toms River school district, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

D'Alonzo took "hundreds of thousands of dollars in corrupt payments from Gartland and others" and passed on a portion to Ritacco, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

For the 2005 tax year, D'Alonzo admitted that he concealed the "illegal proceeds" he received in the bribery scheme and evaded the assessment of hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal income tax, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

D'Alonzo pleaded guilty in 2010 to one count each of bribery and three counts each of tax evasion. His guilty plea also came days before Ritacco was indicted in fall 2010.

Ritacco pleaded guilty 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 also pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy to impede the IRS, according to sentencing guidelines. He was sentenced in September to more than 11 years in prison.

chtulu2000 December 12, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Blame the state for the degree requirements...they allow the systems to hire people THEN allow them to go for the degree, which consists of an alternate route class once a week and passing 1 test.
Peter December 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
chtulu2000, #3 in the country? Where is that proof? Who is at No.1 and #2 in comparison? Who is No. 4 and No. 5 and how much do they pay per student. I really am not buying your claims when I see with my eyes and hearing the lies by kids at the high school level in more schools than just in the "Boro" Its beyond. Between inflated grades and others that don't even take the finals that is given a great grade. It's cheating and fake reports. A lot of fraud going on in the NJ school system, so I agree that public schools are so abysmal. Those who are willing to lie and pretend are those who are in it going along with all the games.
Peter December 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The Governor needs to read your letter and listen to thousands of Nj residents that feel the schools in NJ needs lots of help. It is not just the Abbott schools that is having all the problems. The impressive schools are just full of fraud. The Governor needs to start a hot line so students and parents can call with true problems just like he does when he takes call on the radio station with NJ problems. Get rid of the station gig and put a phone with set times each week that both students and parents can call in with a lot of problems that are not getting reported. It's hidden behind the walls of corruption with in the school, in the town even spread to the local politicians. They are all in the game because it is for themselves and their own.
fed up December 12, 2012 at 02:07 AM
It seems Tim O C knows an awful lot about astro glide hmmm
chtulu2000 December 12, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Peter..it's only something called test rankings which come out every year or so...try another little something called Google to search. NJ is ranked #3 in educational performance in the country. Massachusetts is #1. Not to say things don't need fixing, but try and actually look at facts before you want to dismantle the entire system Peter because you had a bad experience.
chtulu2000 December 12, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Here are some sights Peter...in case you do not "buy my claims." Maybe you'll buy the claims of many others. http://www.alec.org/publications/report-card-on-american-education/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/state-education-rankings-_n_894528.html http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2012/16src.h31.html (click on K-12 Achievement for test scores) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/07/1157971/-State-Educational-Ranking-vs-Electoral-College-map http://www.parentsunited.org/press-releases/report-card-on-american-education-ranking-state-k-12-performance-progress-and-reform-january-26-2012-5/
junior December 12, 2012 at 04:02 AM
chtulu2000...Who cares what these reports say? Who is making up the reports? They way everyone cheats today!
junior December 12, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Sorry, I don't believe in reports....WE, eventually find out there was cheating going on.
chtulu2000 December 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Who makes up the reports? TEST SCORES!!! This is really pretty simple to understand. And if you don't believe in actual facts, then you must not believe in many things.
Robert Bressman December 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM
@chtulu2000, Are you talking about Toms River Schools or are you talking about NJ schools, the last time I looked in the NJ magazine, Toms River schools couldn't make the top half of the 300 schools in NJ, we were closer to the abbott district schools. Check that out
Bowie Thelonius December 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
How about looking into ALL the schools in Ocean County, including higher education. Maybe start with OCC?
grace December 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
ok thats funny fed up because i have no idea what it is..but used my imagination lol
good ole boy December 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Jenny looks to me fed up knew exactly what astro glide is used for my gues would be he uses it ewwwwwwwwwwwwww
chtulu2000 December 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I was responding to the initial post, about NJ school as a whole being abysmal, not specifically TR schools.
junior December 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM
chtulu2000, So many know and are fully aware including the kids that the public schools are not only abysmal, they are corrupted, full of scams,political favoritism and nepotism in all the public schools throughout NJ.
chtulu2000 December 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM
So Junior...every test created by every test company given to students in this state and every ranking in the nation is lying about NJ schools as a whole? I bet you think 9-11 was an inside job too!
chtulu2000 December 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM
See junior...I deal in something called facts...and the facts report that, according to tests (both state and national) NJ ranks #3.
Tom December 13, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Sorry I feel the facts leave out all the cheating going on. The high drop out of NJ college bound students is also very high. So I don't measure by testing.
chtulu2000 December 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Great! Then you must be against teacher merit pay and evaluations based on test scores? Since you don't measure by testing.
Fedup December 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
If the Feds went after Ritacco for between 1 and 2 million but now says he needs to pay back 4 million, how much cash did he really steal? http://www.app.com/article/20121212/NJNEWS/312120135/Feds-Ritacco-owes-school-district-4M-restitution
Robert Bressman December 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM
chtulu2000, The ranking you're talking about are from 4th grade to 8th grade after that it's all down hill. Toms River High Schools are ranked from North at 222 of the 300 High Schools ranked to East at 239 and South at 269 in the state. Nobody can be proud of those numbers. In the 60's Toms River Schools were one of the best in the State, Ritacco and the BOE bought out every good teacher that we had for new lower paid, untested teachers, relatives, friends of the administration, subs, with no credentials became baby-sitters, What we now have are schools that are ranked right in there with Abbott District schools. Our concern is what our schools are doing for our kids to prepare them for the real world not how we match up against the rest of the country and really as bad as we are what does that say for the rest of the country?
JD December 13, 2012 at 01:54 PM
You are spot on RB.... Some 10-15 years ago.... TR North used to be ranked between 125-150 in the state out of 300 or so HS. The hiring practices of Ritacco continue under Roselli and crew. But it's not just a hiring and teacher issue.... it is an admin issue also... its a BOE issue. Roselli should never had been named Super. He was assistant super of the HS for some 7+ years.... during that period the HS's declined in rank from the 50-60 percentile to the 20-35 percentile. He should have been fired with those results... not promoted!!! Now, more pressure is on students at TR schools to score high on the SAT to counter the low ranked HS they come from... regardless of your class rank, etc.
chtulu2000 December 13, 2012 at 06:31 PM
AGAIN!! If you read all of the posts...I am not talking specifically about TR schools rankings...I am speaking about NJ rankings as a whole!!! The response was to a poster who stated Nj schools are abysmal! Read the entire thread please.
Tom December 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM
chtulu2000, They are because they all have their own corruption going on behind their walls. They don't want their dirty secrets to be known even though everyone does including the students. If they constantly inflating grades and giving grades when they are not even taking finals is cheating, There was a few local "NJ" school who were busted cheating on testing too...So why should or would I believe anything about testing or ranking if schools are cheating. This is why some think NJ schools are abysmal. More than you think.
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chtulu2000 December 15, 2012 at 06:31 PM
So again...since testing is sooooo corrupt, you must be writing Cerf and Christie to abolish teacher evaluations based on said corrupt testing, right?
CheerMom1 December 20, 2012 at 05:22 AM
There we go! These school administrations have become so corrupt it's ridiculous, and OCC is top of the heap around here. It's all about the money & to heck with the students. The students and their parents are only seen as wallets to get money from.
Mary Jane Rottencrotch December 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
This guy D'Alonzo was bad news all his life. His father, Frank Sr., was an administrator in the West Orange school system. As a student/athlete in West Orange, Frank Jr. was always given special treatment. He was a big mouth and a bully for whom the rules did not apply. So his lack of a moral compass and his air of entitlement started at a very early age. His professional career is clouded as well. Look him up and see his history as an assistant coach at Pitt and Rutgers. So after he fails at the college level he winds up back here in New Jersey at Toms River and what does he do? He steals from the taxpayers. He's no criminal mastermind, but just a lacky bag man for Ritocco. Then he rats them all out to cut a deal. Jail is not enough punishment for this scumbag. They have to take his money, house(s) and most of all his pension. Congratulations Frank, you finally achieved the fame you always craved.
DennyD January 08, 2013 at 12:55 AM
A total J O. Stool pigeon too! I should have smacked you when you gave me some $hit at the Regions years ago. Have fun scumbag.
foggyworld February 27, 2013 at 01:41 AM
My understanding of Alternate Route teachers is that they do have Bachelors Degrees but not in Education but in specific college level content majors such as Science or Biology or Chemistry or English or History. They usually are better educated than ed majors and just take teaching classes for 2 years to make up for their big "deficiency" of not taking ed courses as undergraduates. And many of the very best colleges and universities do not even award a degree in Education. There is a bigger problem in that people who are unable to pass the national teacher's exams which I hear are not all that hard, are hired and given tenure but limited somewhat sadly only to teaching the underachievers. Most of that sort of hiring implies somebody knows somebody because no one should be hired in this job market especially that cannot pass that teachers' test.

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