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Man Named in Ritacco Conspiracy to Spend More Than Three Years in Prison

Former Toms River schools supervisor sentenced Monday in Trenton

Toms River's former supervisor of athletics and special projects was sentenced Monday to over 3 years in prison in connection with a scheme to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to the former schools superintendent.

Frank D’Alonzo, 55, of Lavallette received the 37 month prison sentence in federal court in Trenton, before U.S. District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano, for his association with the kickback schemes involving former Superintendent Michael Ritacco.

Pisano also was sentenced D'Alonzo to three years of supervised release once his prison term is completed, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. A restitution and forfeiture hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Dec. 12 before Pisano.

D'Alonzo pleaded guilt to one count of bribery and one count of tax evasion, "admitting that he participated in a scheme in which he received corrupt payments from Francis X. Gartland, 71," a Baltimore insurance broker who covered the Toms River school district, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

D'Alonzo took "hundreds of thousands of dollars in corrupt payments from Gartland and others" and passed on a portion to Ritacco, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

For the 2005 tax year, D'Alonzo admitted that he concealed the "illegal proceeds" he received in the bribery scheme and evaded the assessment of hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal income tax, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

D'Alonzo pleaded guilty in 2010 to one count each of bribery and three counts each of tax evasion. His guilty plea also came days before Ritacco was indicted in fall 2010.

Ritacco pleaded guilty April 5 to two of the 27 charges he was facing, and admitted his role in years of corruption at the school district, where as much as $2.5 million in bribes were allegedly passed between Ritacco, insurance brokers and intermediaries.

He also pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy to impede the IRS, according to sentencing guidelines. He was sentenced in September to more than 11 years in prison.

chtulu2000 December 15, 2012 at 06:31 PM
So again...since testing is sooooo corrupt, you must be writing Cerf and Christie to abolish teacher evaluations based on said corrupt testing, right?
CheerMom1 December 20, 2012 at 05:22 AM
There we go! These school administrations have become so corrupt it's ridiculous, and OCC is top of the heap around here. It's all about the money & to heck with the students. The students and their parents are only seen as wallets to get money from.
Mary Jane Rottencrotch December 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
This guy D'Alonzo was bad news all his life. His father, Frank Sr., was an administrator in the West Orange school system. As a student/athlete in West Orange, Frank Jr. was always given special treatment. He was a big mouth and a bully for whom the rules did not apply. So his lack of a moral compass and his air of entitlement started at a very early age. His professional career is clouded as well. Look him up and see his history as an assistant coach at Pitt and Rutgers. So after he fails at the college level he winds up back here in New Jersey at Toms River and what does he do? He steals from the taxpayers. He's no criminal mastermind, but just a lacky bag man for Ritocco. Then he rats them all out to cut a deal. Jail is not enough punishment for this scumbag. They have to take his money, house(s) and most of all his pension. Congratulations Frank, you finally achieved the fame you always craved.
DennyD January 08, 2013 at 12:55 AM
A total J O. Stool pigeon too! I should have smacked you when you gave me some $hit at the Regions years ago. Have fun scumbag.
foggyworld February 27, 2013 at 01:41 AM
My understanding of Alternate Route teachers is that they do have Bachelors Degrees but not in Education but in specific college level content majors such as Science or Biology or Chemistry or English or History. They usually are better educated than ed majors and just take teaching classes for 2 years to make up for their big "deficiency" of not taking ed courses as undergraduates. And many of the very best colleges and universities do not even award a degree in Education. There is a bigger problem in that people who are unable to pass the national teacher's exams which I hear are not all that hard, are hired and given tenure but limited somewhat sadly only to teaching the underachievers. Most of that sort of hiring implies somebody knows somebody because no one should be hired in this job market especially that cannot pass that teachers' test.

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