N.J. school superintendent charged with fraud and bribery

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The superintendent of one of New Jersey’s largest school districts has been charged with 18 counts of fraud and bribery. Michael J. Ritacco of Toms River Regional Board of Education, the fourth largest district in the state, turned himself in to FBI headquarters in Newark to face the political corruption charges.

Authorities say that Ritacco was part of a scheme wherein an insurance broker padded district bills by hundreds of thousands of dollars and kicked monies back to the school official. The insurance broker, Francis X. Gartland, was expected to surrender shortly. He is already facing charges that he submitted phony bills to the City of Perth Amboy and its school district, inflating the charges by $2.7 million.

New Jersey On-Line

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