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Broker Sentenced in Toms River School Bribe Scheme

An insurance broker who admitted his role in a bribery scheme involving New Jersey’s fourth-largest school district has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison.

Francis X. Gartland (NJ Office of Attorney General)
Francis X. Gartland (NJ Office of Attorney General)

Francis X Gartland had pleaded guilty in April to mail fraud, conspiracy and perjury.

He admitted paying Toms River Regional Superintendent Michael Ritacco between $1 million and $2 million from 2002 to 2010 as part of a scheme to keep his contract as the district’s insurance broker.

Ritacco also pleaded guilty in April and received a similar sentence to Gartland’s in September.

A federal judge in Trenton on Friday sentenced Gartland to 135 months in prison. He’ll also have to pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a hearing next month.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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