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NJ school superintendent due in court

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
An image of Michael Ritacco from the Toms River Regional Schools website.

An image of Michael Ritacco from the Toms River Regional Schools website. (Toms River Regional Schools website)

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The former superintendent of New Jersey's fourth-largest school district awaits arraignment in federal court in Trenton Wednesday.

Michael Ritacco retired last month after he was arrested on fraud and bribery charges stemming from an alleged insurance-kickback scheme that federal officials called "staggering" in its scope.

Prosecutors allege Ritacco and insurance broker Francis Gartland of Baltimore, Md., concealed more than $1 million in bribes between 2002 and 2010 from insurance brokers and other service providers.

Court documents say the men spent money on home renovations and luxury items.

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