N.J. school superintendent billed district over $200,000 in sick days

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The former school superintendent of the Toms River Regional School District apparently was sick quite a bit- so much so that he billed back the district 250 sick days between 2002 and 2007, costing taxpayers $219,517. Michael J. Ritacco’s contract called for an annual cap of $15,000, yet he managed to get the district to reimburse him $41,000 per year.

Ritacco, 62, retired abruptly after being charged in October on 17 counts of fraud and bribery in connection with an insurance scam, said to have netted him over $2 million. He was also accused of taking gifts, including a $30,000 wristwatch, appliances for family members and jewelry for his girlfriend.

N.J. On-Line

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