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Former NJ school chief sentenced to 11 years

Friday, September 14, 2012

The former superintendent of New Jersey's fourth-largest school district is trading the classroom for a prison cell.

A federal judge on Friday sentenced former Toms River Superintendent Michael Ritacco to more than 11 years in prison. The maximum sentence was 14 years behind bars.

Ritacco pleaded guilty in April to public corruption and tax evasion charges. He was accused along with an insurance broker of concealing more than $1 million in bribes from other brokers and service providers.

The scheme took place between 2002 and 2010.

Ritacco abruptly retired shortly after his arrest in October 2010.

He expressed remorse in court Friday. The judge called it the worst case of corruption out of the many he's presided over.

The insurance broker also pleaded guilty.

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