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Ridgewood Employee who Stole $460K in Quarters Gets 5 Years Probation

The former public works inspector will also have to pay back about half of what he stole, report says.

Ridgewood Employee who Stole $460K in Quarters Gets 5 Years Probation
An ex-public works inspector in Ridgewood who admitted to stealing $460,000 in quarters from the village's parking meter collection room was sentenced to five months probation Wednesday, CBSlocal.com reported.

According to the CBS report, Thomas Rica pleaded guilty in March as part of a plea deal that called for probation, and for him to pay back a little over half of what he stole, or about $250,000.

According to a NorthJersey.com report, Rica apologized in the courtroom for taking the collected coins over a two-year period.

Though some have criticized the sentencing for lacking prison time and full payback, prosecutors defended it, saying if they had charged Rica with second-degree theft he would likely have served prison time, but would not have had to pay back any of the money, the report said.

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