- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Officials in a northern New Jersey town where the former public works inspector admitted stealing $460,000 in parking meter quarters have discovered an additional $340,000 in quarters were stolen during the same time.

The discovery was made during an audit that Ridgewood initiated after Thomas Rica pleaded guilty in March to theft.

The Record (https://bit.ly/1zTj98o ) newspaper reports the town issued a statement saying the audit raises the question of whether other people participated independently or in cooperation with Rica.

Under a plea deal, Rica received probation and was ordered to pay just under $250,000 in restitution. If Rica misses a payment or is charged with another crime within five years, he could get a prison term ranging from three to five years.

Ridgewood officials will discuss the issue on Wednesday.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com


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