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Ridgewood Employee who Stole $460K in Quarters Gets 5 Years Probation

The former public works inspector will also have to pay back about half of what he stole, report says.

An ex-public works inspector in Ridgewood who admitted to stealing $460,000 in quarters from the village's parking meter collection room was sentenced to five months probation Wednesday, CBSlocal.com reported.

According to the CBS report, Thomas Rica pleaded guilty in March as part of a plea deal that called for probation, and for him to pay back a little over half of what he stole, or about $250,000.

According to a NorthJersey.com report, Rica apologized in the courtroom for taking the collected coins over a two-year period.

Though some have criticized the sentencing for lacking prison time and full payback, prosecutors defended it, saying if they had charged Rica with second-degree theft he would likely have served prison time, but would not have had to pay back any of the money, the report said.
DD July 18, 2014 at 09:09 AM
What good will back taxes do for the village?
Charlie Kime July 18, 2014 at 09:14 AM
It looks like total restitution here is actually less than $200K if that initial $64K includes the pension and accumulated leave. Does Ridgewood even know that it's $460,000 ? More could have been spent on lunches, slots in AC, concessions down the shore, or given to "friends". Probably better to have the Feds involved, and the only way to do that is via IRS.
DD July 18, 2014 at 09:42 AM
I'm pretty sure a settlement has already been reached.
Charlie Kime July 18, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Thanks DD, can you explain what that means ?
James Bombace July 18, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Charlie, I thought you moved out of Ridgewood. Have you decided to return to town?

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