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Ritacco Sentencing Judge Welcomes Public Comment

Residents can send written comments to Judge Pisano

Residents have the option of sending written comments to the sentencing judge prior to the sentencing of Toms River Regional's disgraced former superintendent on fraud charges.

The sentencing of former Toms River Regional is July 12, before U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton.

Ritacco plead 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.

The school district's former insurance broker, Francis X. Gartland, is scheduled for sentencing July 9 before Pisano. On April 2, Gartland plead guilty to four charges: mail fraud, conspiracy to defraud the IRS and perjury.

Gartland admitted to his role with co-conspirators who paid $1 million to $2 million in bribes to Ritacco in exchange for inflated insurance contracts from 2002 to 2010, according to U.S. District Attorney Paul Fishman.

School board member Jack Reuther said he was asked by a resident if people would have an opportunity to submit written comment prior to the sentencings.

"Our legal system allows that," said Reuther.

Letters are accepted, not email or phone correspondence. Letters can be mailed to:

U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano

United States Courthouse

402 East State Street

Trenton, NJ 08608

 

 

Bob Uecker June 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Enjoy your stay....scumbag.
Rob July 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
This man is older and his crime is a white collar crime however, I personally feel that if Ritacco doesn't get at least 10 - 15 years, would be an injustice! He’s been getting away with this stuff for many years and FINALLY someone (FBI) called him on it! Pleated guilty to 2 out of 27 charges – what a joke and slap in the face to all of us paying taxes for him to live the “high life” and forget about the real reason he’s there … TO SERVE the public and do what is in THEIR best interests! Someone please tell me why the school district needs a dozen or more bulldozers and graders and the maintenance personal to upkeep them. I’m standing by for information on the next announcement of when the next "groundbreaking" is planned on school property that WE will need this equipment. Wasn’t he a builder also - ding ding ding !!! That's just one example of the things that are lost with the FBI's investigation going on ... How many more things has never even been reported or exposed from his deception of the public and mis-use of public funds? More that 50% of my property taxes go to the Toms River school system and it would be nice to know that someone else doesn’t pull another “Ritacco”. Please Judge Pisano, let the punishment fit the crime!! Thank you for your time and consideration.
Rem July 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
A full audit from the time he started till the end. And those housing developments also i heard that school equipment at one time was used. Any other Joe would be in jail already why should he be any different because it was a blue collar crime.
Beverly July 23, 2012 at 02:13 PM
He will never spend a day in jail. Just wait and see. Knew this guy was crooked as far back aS 1992.
Carol Reilly September 13, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Carol, As far back as 1994, He was involved with sports, calling the shots as to who would play certain positions, regardless of the players qualifications, as a favor to other people.

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