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Ridgewood, NJ - NJ Town Official Admits Stealing $460K In Quarters

Published on: March 19, 2014 06:18 PM
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Ridgewood, NJ - The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town has admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters.

The Record (http://bit.ly/1dqaq0f ) reports Thomas Rica pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of theft. In return, prosecutors will recommend that he receive five years’ probation and pay about $200,000 in restitution to Ridgewood.

The 43-year-old Hawthorne resident lost his job with Ridgewood in January 2013, following his arrest for taking $500 in coins from its parking meter collection room. But investigators later determined that he stole $460,000 overall.

Authorities said the thefts occurred over the course of 25 months. They say Rica was not authorized to be in the room but would enter it and fill his pockets with money. They say he deposited the money — more than 1.8 million quarters — in his bank account.


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 Mar 19, 2014 at 06:44 PM Reb Yid Says:

He stole 460K but only has to pay back 200K? I guess crime does pay, after all. It's like the opposite of keifel.

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 Mar 19, 2014 at 08:19 PM Anonymous Says:

That's almost 2 million quarters...

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 Mar 19, 2014 at 09:09 PM JackC Says:

2 million quarters at 5 quarters/oz = 400,000 ounces = 25000 pounds = 12.5 tons!
Pretty heavy crime. No one noticed? He should do heavy time.

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 Mar 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
JackC Says:

2 million quarters at 5 quarters/oz = 400,000 ounces = 25000 pounds = 12.5 tons!
Pretty heavy crime. No one noticed? He should do heavy time.

He won't be serving any time.

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 Mar 20, 2014 at 03:51 PM JackC Says:

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Anonymous Says:

He won't be serving any time.

So bury him, instead, under those quarters.

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