RITACCO CASE: Ex-Superintendent Only Latest to Plead Guilty

Former administrators, insurance executives pleaded guilty in corruption probe

Michael J. Ritacco's to mail fraud and conspiracy to impede the IRS is only the latest admission in a years-long probe into corruption and bribery allegations involving the Toms River Schools District.

The former district superintendent pleaded guilty to two of 27 charges in a federal indictment only in his trial. He faces 11 to 14 years in prison for his role in a scheme that involved bribes, kickbacks, diverted funds and more. 

Ritacco's plea also comes only days after Francis Gartland, the district's former insurance broker, admitted in federal court that he funneled millions in bribes to Ritacco from 2002 to 2010.

Gartland, 70, .

He admitted to conspiring with Frank D'Alonzo, a former supervisor of athletics at the district, and Frank Cotroneo, an insurance broker, among others, to funnel bribes to Ritacco in exchange for inflated insurance contracts.

Earlier this month, Carl Amenhauser when questioned about thousands in payments he made to reportedly keep his workers' compensation insurance contract with Toms River Regional.

Amenhauser said he paid $9,000 a month from October 2002 to June 2007 to retain the contract, which specified $20,000 monthly. Authorities said Gartland and D'Alonzo would receive $6,000 and $3,000, respectively, each month, with Amenhauser retaining $5,000 for himself. The $6,000 balance would be used to administer the workers' compensation contract.

D'Alonzo and Cotroneo admitted their guilt in fall 2010 when they pleaded guilty to one count each of bribery and three counts each of tax evasion, according to NJ.com.

Mike L April 05, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Now where all those that stood up for him, like to see their faces, or are they next????......Time is comming to get rid of the OLD BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS, like they didn't know what was going on, and if they didn't shame on them!
Richard J. Thomas April 06, 2012 at 11:23 AM
I trust that they will seize his homes and assets to repay the Toms River tax payers
Paul E Taylor Jr April 06, 2012 at 11:26 AM
I stood up for him, wanted to wait for his day in court. I am shocked about what he admitted he did. But he only pleaded gujilty to 2 of the counts against him, how about waiting to it all comes out in court
George April 06, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Paul E taylor Jr...you do realize that in plea bargaining, all the other charges have been dropped?
Hardieharr April 06, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Toms River Schools were still getting one the best tax rates in the state! And the board members probably never even saw it happen. If your were in a small district the cost would be easier to see. When your operating on a very low tax rate compared to the state in a big district the account should have been the one seeing it. If all of you are so good at operating a school district step up because even with what he did the district is still one of the tops. I don't agree with what he did. Even the investigating insurance company had a hard time offering the rate cost they were insured at. Go to Lakewood were the board bluntly steals from the school district then cry foul you would be even sicker at how the schools are run down and dirty and infested with bed bugs and mold. To top it off the citizens of Lakewood are using toms river facilities because they ruined there own


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