Fishman: Justice was done in Ritacco case

NEWARK - U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says justice was done in the case of former Toms River School Superintendent Michael Ritacco.

Ritacco admitted he accepted more than a million dollars in bribes as a part of an elaborate kickback scheme involving school insurance contracts. Fishman says he hopes the case sends a message to anyone who thinks about ripping off the system.

News 12 New Jersey's Walt Kane sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Fishman. Fishman calls what Ritacco did "the kind of betrayal of the public trust that we really have no patience for."

Fishman says the plea reflects that Ritacco engaged in the scheme for at least 8 to 10 years and did it in a way that was extremely complex. Ritacco faces up to 14 years in prison. Fishman hopes that the case serves as a warning to all public officials in New Jersey.

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