Ritacco Sentencing Scheduled for Trenton Friday

Former superintendent faces sentencing for mail fraud and conspiracy to impede the IRS

A morning court session Friday will determine the fate of former Toms River Superintendent Michael Ritacco, guilty of mail fraud and conspiracy.

The sentencing of the former was originally scheduled for July 12, before U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton. But, in June, it was postponed.

Now Pisano is scheduled to sentence Ritacco at a 10 a.m. Sept. 14 in Trenton federal court. The new sentencing date was made Aug. 8, according to court documents. The Sept. 14 sentencing will be in Courtroom 1.

Ritacco pleaded 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.

No Sentencing Date Yet Scheduled for Gartland

Ritacco was indicted alongside former district insurance broker Francis X. Gartland, who pleaded guilty to several charges in that indictment.

Gartland was originally scheduled to be sentenced July 9. In June, the sentencing date was rescheduled, and then also postponed without another date named for sentencing.

On April 2, Gartland plead guilty to four charges: mail fraud, conspiracy to defraud the IRS and perjury in the Ritacco case.

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.

Doris Cauda September 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Can you prove your charges? Don't sling mud if you can't. Either you're a state employee or a Lib Dumb-o-crat
momere September 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Friday will definitely be a sad day for Mr. Rittacco but justice has to be served. He admitted fault (whatever his reasons) and will face his punishment. However, it's a sad day and definitely a black mark on the TR schools. It appears greed got the best of him. So sad!
Sandra September 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM
If he gets six months he can do that with his eyes closed. Anything more, he will be gaining weight on the 23 delightful deserts I understand they serve daily. I doubt if he will do more than six months.
momere September 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Sandra - I'm inclined to agree that he won't get much time BUT since it's federal it my be more than 6 months. Wow! 23 desserts - that explains why prisoners gain those extra pounds :)
Dave lorenzini September 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
How does help sleep at night
dainty September 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I think they are going to hit him hard. I say, since we are guessing, 7 - 10 yrs... But we shall see Friday!
Joseph Woolston Brick September 12, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Too bad the people he defrauded mainly us, don't have a say in the sentencing. That may be a good thing cause if it was left up to us, his punishment would involve a tree, a rope and horse!
Mr. ? September 12, 2012 at 02:30 AM
So, who from TR and TR Regional will be there? That picture.......would be worth thousands of words! "Price less" but unfortunately "for the children" 2 million - "not"
Joseph E. Haelig September 12, 2012 at 02:50 AM
If Ritacco gets close to the max. sentence, he wasn't able to flip anyone bigger than the man himself. If Ritacco gets a light sentence, he flipped anyone he could. Friday, is a very important day for a lot of people; however, I wouldn't be surprised if Ritacco's sentence is delayed one more time.
Jason Tany September 12, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Well believe it or not like in "Ripleys". There are still a few retards here in town that think, even after he admitted his guilt to the Fed's. That he is a good innocent guy. Yea, ok and there still is that bridge for sale. He is a no good, low life criminal felon piece of trash. Oh sorry, and is getting what he deserves, jail time with the other criminals.
KC September 12, 2012 at 04:06 AM
What is the old expression - Politics makes for strange bedfellows.
trtownwithoutpity September 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Joey, Joey, Joey -- you live in a glass house man. Don't throw stones.
trtownwithoutpity September 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM
I hope all of the special education parents living in town will take exception to Jason's biased remark regarding "retards". How insensitive.
trtownwithoutpity September 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Didn't he hire you or a family member to teach in the district?????
STSV2010 September 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM
You did have a say. The judge was welcoming letters from any citizen who wanted to write about Ritacco or the sentencing.
Jill Stelman September 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Jason~~ shame on you... may you never be the parent of a so called "retard"
Madison September 12, 2012 at 01:31 PM
It's going to get very crowded under that "bus" ! Wait until Tony Mack stands trial.
jerseykris September 12, 2012 at 03:52 PM
What about the rest of the school board/township officials who were at worst involved in the corruption over the years, or at best wilfully ignorant to the rumors and accusations that have been leveled for years? That he is going to jail is fantastic, but there is something very wrong with the rest of the school board getting off scott free.
sickofcrooks September 12, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I am sure he sleeps just fine, most people without a conscience do.
1stcav September 12, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Mike, one and a wake up and then the Graybar hotel with NO room service ! Enjoy ..on OUR dime....
Andy Pat September 12, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Excerpt 1-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. Excerpt 2-... paid $1 million to $2 million in bribes to Ritacco I hope in addition to jail time, somebody reconciles these numbers-otherwise corruption pays!
Mac September 12, 2012 at 09:18 PM
There is nothing strange about the politics or the bedfellows. Ever since Chris Christie first came to Ocean County everyone indicted on the federal level has had direct ties to the same law office. Perhaps future clients seeking representation might consider a firm offering fewer desserts.
Robert Bressman September 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The 2 million was money he got from Gartland, not what he took from Toms River School District or the taxpayers. We don't know what he took from the district or the taxpayers, that's why he is only paying a million back. He corrupted the election process which is ten times worse than the money he took from us.
1stcav September 13, 2012 at 03:07 PM
And this AM the Super in Wall for "cooking the books" on his sick days, for a large sum payout !!!!! HE was in charge of keeping track of his used/unused sick days....the fox is manning the hen house !!!!
Tired of the status quo September 13, 2012 at 05:02 PM
How much do you want to bet that the same people who are sitting on the school board when Mighty Mike was at the helm will be reelected again this November? There are so many people who vote in this district who can see nothing wrong with what either the BOE members or Ritacco did to the school district, the teachers,the students, parents and the taxpayers of this district. The only way that these people are going to learn that the people of this district are FED up with all of the "BACK ROOM DEALS" that go on in this district is to get rid of the incumbents! Remember Michael J. Ritacco was the one who told the people of Seaside Park (and all of these members who are up for reelection agreed with him) that they could come to the district with their children FREE OF CHARGE and the taxpayers of the TOMS RIVER REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT WOULD FOOT THE BILL FOR THEM!!!!! But, it wasn't until a few of the residents spoke up and brought this information out of the BACKROOM and into the PUBLIC LIGHT that Ritacco was forced to admit that there was actually a deal in the works. It wasn't until Ritacco was arrested and these same residents forced Mr. Roselli to rescind that offer to the residents of Seaside Park.( i.e. other than the original 5 that Ritacco had the arrangement with) IF it were not for those people just think of the number of kids that would be coming that we would not even know about. Remember to VOTE these incumbents out in NOVEMBER!!!!!
Jane Wilson September 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM
The whole school board needs to be restructured. They all were behind Ritacco
Jane Wilson September 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Let them start checking as far back as 1990 and his involvement with equipment purchase and rentals with a local contractor and a relative.
F. Dalton September 14, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Are there any leftover Ritacco school board members on the board now and does anyone know if they are up for re election any time soon?
Mary Smith September 14, 2012 at 04:58 PM
grace October 27, 2012 at 02:03 PM
hope they investigate his kids and their fancy homes cars etc


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