Charges Added for Former New Jersey School Superintendent and Broker

December 10, 2010

The government has added more charges in the bribery case against a former New Jersey school superintendent and an insurance broker.

In a superseding indictment announced this week, Michael Ritacco and Francis Gartland face a combined nine counts of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and filing false federal income tax returns.

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

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

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

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