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.