Michael Ritacco Ordered to Pay Restitution to T.R. Schools
A federal judge has ordered millions of dollars in restitution for the Toms River Regional School District stemming from a bribery and kickback scheme.
Former Superintendent Michael Ritacco and the district's former insurance broker, Francis Gartland, have been ordered to pay more than $4.3 million in restitution.
Ritacco and Garland are each serving 11-year prison sentences. Ritacco has already forfeited $1 million, a Mercedes Benz and nearly $9,000 in cash.
Former athletics and special projects supervisor Frank D'Alonzo must pay more than $1.6 million in restitution.
Prosecutors say Ritacco accepted up to $2 million in bribes and other benefits in return for helping Gartland obtain insurance contracts with the district.
Gartland must forfeit $11 million and D'Alonzo must forfeit $4.3 million to the federal government.
(The Associated Press 2012)