By Matthew Arco | December 20th, 2012 - 9:22pm
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TRENTON – A judge has ordered the former superintendent of the Toms River School District and his coconspirator in a bribery and kickback scheme to pay more than $4.3 million in restitution, officials said.

Former superintendent Michael Ritacco and Francis Gartland, a former insurance broker, have been ordered to pay $4,336,987 in restitution to the school district, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Both men pleaded guilty to charges relating to a bribery and kickback scheme.

Frank D’Alonzo, the former supervisor of Athletics and Special Projects for the district, was also ordered to pay $1,625,952 in restitution.

Ritacco was accused of accepting between $1 million and $2 million in bribes between 2002 and 2010 in return for using his official action and influence for Gartland to maintain an insurance contract with the district.

Ritacco and Gartland were each sentenced to 135 months in prison and D’Alonzo was sentenced to 37 months in prison.

Gartland was also ordered to forfeit $11 million to the government in addition to the restitution. The funds represent all proceeds derived from the scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Similarly, D’Alonzo was also ordered to forfeit $4.3 million on top of the restitution.

Prior to his sentencing in September, Ritacco forfeited $1 million, a 2010 Mercedes Benz, and $8,950 in cash.

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