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Parking Meter Theft Prompts Ridgewood Financial Reviews

Ex-village employee admitted to stealing 1.8 million parking meter quarters from Ridgewood last month.

Ridgewood’s coin collection and other money procedures are up for review in light of recent news that an ex-employee was able to steal $460,000 in parking meter quarters over two years without the village noticing, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, new Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld said she would be temporarily overseeing the Parking Utility to prevent thefts. She is also calling for an “independent review” of all departments that accepts payments to “insure proper controls are in place,” the report said.

There will also be a forensic review of the village’s financials, it said.

The results of the reviews will be used to help the council decide how to prevent future thefts, Sonenfeld told NorthJersey.com.

The reviews are in reaction to the recent trial of Thomas Rica, Ridgewood’s former public works inspector, who admitted to stealing over $460,000 worth of parking meter quarters from the coin storage room. Rica is expected to be sentenced to probation this June. 

Declan Harrison April 04, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Let's put out real hats on now. It's unlikely that the Village will recoup much, if anything at all, in restitution from this man. I seriously doubt he has anything in the way of valuable assets that can be seized. If he did, then I'm sure whatever he had was already transfered into the name of a spouse. Think also about the additional legal costs the Village spent on this case. I dount whether even that will be covered by whatever he might pay back. Let it go, folks. The money is gone. Yet another Government employee who helped himself to your money.
The Fly April 04, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Does anyone know if Mr. Rica was asked to, or will be asked to, surrender his passport until taxpayers have been repaid in full?
Declan Harrison April 04, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Passport surrender orders are only made when it comes to granting bail.
Macko D April 06, 2014 at 12:58 PM
we need to recoup this money so that the library can help Ridgewood residents can overcome the stigma of online dating, thereby joining millions of others who some how manage to overcome this stigma without taxpayer help.
barbara April 07, 2014 at 01:16 AM
Dumb question but why weren't all those quarters totaling more than a million dollars in a Village bank account in the first place??

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