Charges added for former Toms River school superintendent

TOMS RIVER - (AP) - The government has added more charges inthe bribery case against a former New Jersey school superintendentand an insurance broker.

In a superseding indictment announced Tuesday, Michael Ritaccoand Francis Gartland face a combined nine counts of conspiracy todefraud the IRS and filing false federal income tax returns.

The two already have pleaded not guilty to an 18-countindictment accusing them of bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud andtheir lawyers have vowed to fight the charges.

Ritacco retired as Toms River superintendent on Oct. 21, the dayhe surrendered to the FBI.

Authorities say Ritacco and Gartland concealed more than $1million in bribes from insurance brokers and other serviceproviders.

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