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Ex-Ridgewood inspector apologizes
for stealing $460,000 in quarters

The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Chris Harris

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Posted By:Ribicon, 7/10/2014 10:46:17 AM

Hackensack — As a prosecutor detailed the events that led him to this moment, parking meter coin thief Thomas Rica sat before Superior Court Judge Patrick Roma at his sentencing Wednesday completely expressionless. The intensely-tanned Hawthorne man stared down at the grain of the wood table before him — hands folded in his lap — as Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Daniel Keitel detailed his methodic removal of $460,000 in parking meter quarters from a storage room inside Ridgewood’s Village Hall. Keitel pored over the facts: Rica, Ridgewood’s public works inspector for ten years, was arrested last year after admitting to

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State guidelines recommend prison for theft exceeding $75K, but when you´re a New Jersey Public Servant, you can steal $460K in a long and deliberate process, pay back about half that amount, and get probation instead of a good stretch in the clink. Oh, but the poor guy did have to say he´s sorry (that he got caught).

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/10/2014 10:57:35 AM     (No. 9918267)

You said it well, OP. We are not serious about holding people accountable for outrageous theft like this. However, he has means so he gets off very easy if the article is accurate. JAIL, chain gangs !

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Reply 2 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 7/10/2014 11:10:50 AM     (No. 9918285)

FTA: Keitel added Rica’s plea deal allows the village to file for a civil judgment against him, and “after five years, if Rica hits the lottery or comes into some money, Ridgewood can execute against that.”

rica "comes into some money" when he attains gainful employment. There is no justice unless his wages are garnished until all the money he stole is paid back at an interest rate that also covers court costs.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 7/10/2014 11:40:36 AM     (No. 9918339)

Must have got caught by a whistleblower. I know where Ridgewood is. That town government wouldn´t know if they lost $10Million in quarters.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/10/2014 11:59:27 AM     (No. 9918369)

What do you tell the bank when you bring in bucketfuls of quarters?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Country Boy, 7/10/2014 12:03:27 PM     (No. 9918375)

#4, I poured $250 in change into a Coinstar a few months ago. The machine didn´t ask any questions.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 7/10/2014 1:29:17 PM     (No. 9918500)

Jeeze posters, he said he was sorry....
Besides, I´d guess he only netted $250,000, the rest he had to pass up to his mafia boss. Can´t expect him to go ask for it back.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: DaBigGuy, 7/10/2014 2:00:00 PM     (No. 9918545)

FTA: "If Rica misses a payment or is charged with another crime within the next five years, he could be sent to prison for a period of three to five years."

How about tax evasion?

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