TRENTON - A federal judge has sentenced former Toms River Superintendent Michael Ritacco to more than 11 years in prison.

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 judge has ordered that Ritacco to be taken in to custody immediately.

Investigators say the scheme took place between 2002 and 2010. Ritacco had been facing a maximum sentence of 14 years behind bars.

The insurance broker also pleaded guilty.

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