TOMS RIVER - Former Toms River Regional Superintendent Michael J. Ritacco pleaded guilty this morning to public corruption and tax evasion charges, according to an report.

Ritacco, 64, entered his plea just days before he was scheduled to stand trial.

A special agent for the Internal Revenue Service in Newark tells Ritacco could face up to 14 years in federal prison when sentenced July 12.

Toms River Regional's former insurance broker, Francis Gartland, admitted Monday to paying Ritacco between $1 million and $2 million from 2002 to 2010 as part of a scheme to keep his contract as the district's insurance broker.Gartland pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to defraud the IRS and perjury.

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