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Ridgewood hopes to conduct audit before employee sentenced for half-million quarter theft

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Ridgewood hopes to conduct audit before employee sentenced for half-million quarter theft

APRIL 10, 2014, 5:56 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014, 5:56 PM
BY CHRIS HARRIS
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

RIDGEWOOD — Officials hope to conduct a complete forensic analysis of the village’s financials before the June sentencing of a former employee who recently admitted stealing $460,000 in parking meter quarters.

At the council’s meeting Wednesday night, Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld explained that she had met with representatives from the Joint Insurance Fund, which she said would fund the audit.

“We’d like to get this done in the next two weeks,” Sonenfeld said.

An independent review of the method by which the village manages its parking meter revenues will also be undertaken, she added.

That, Sonenfeld said, would be paid for by the village.

The results from both analyses, Sonenfeld noted, could serve to guide village officials as they mull what future actions to take to prevent theft.

Last month, Thomas Rica admitted taking handfuls of quarters out of the parking meter coin storage room in Village Hall.

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12 thoughts on “Ridgewood hopes to conduct audit before employee sentenced for half-million quarter theft

  1. Like closing the barn door after the horse got out a waste of time. This man will never repay this money and no jail time.

  2. Here’s an idea that’s free.

    Call around to the neighboring towns that collect quarters, and see who has the best system in place. Then spend a couple hours with your notepad reviewing that towns procedures, and come back to Ridgewood and duplicate it.

    This post is NOT meant to be sarcastic or negative.

    As for having an independent audit to determine what was stolen, that makes sense, especially if you are looking for the Joint Insurance Fund to write a check.


  3. Anonymous:

    Here’s an idea that’s free.
    Call around to the neighboring towns that collect quarters, and see who has the best system in place. Then spend a couple hours with your notepad reviewing that towns procedures, and come back to Ridgewood and duplicate it.
    This post is NOT meant to be sarcastic or negative.
    As for having an independent audit to determine what was stolen, that makes sense, especially if you are looking for the Joint Insurance Fund to write a check.

    #2 – Village Hall and the BOE have a long standing tradition of spending money needlessly. Free is a word that just isn’t in either organization’s vocabulary.

  4. Hopes to??????????

    Just do it now.

  5. this is a smoke screen.

  6. No one knows how much was actually stolen.
    It’s cash money.
    He could have been cashing in quarter’s all around the state.
    Check Atlantic City Casino’s to see how often he visited.
    It could have been well over $1mm taken.
    Right now no one knows.

  7. huh , to # 6 no one knows, yeah hello. you know who knows. lap dog.

  8. I cannot believe this bum is walking away scott free with no punishment yes he’s paying back what he admitted taking but where’s the punishment. If someone robs a bank they receive jail time. Rica walks scott free b.s.

  9. Not even paying it all back.
    Using Pension and sick day accrual for half.
    This is the justice system at work in NJ.
    If he pulled this off in PA his a– would be in State Pen for 10 years.

  10. Federal jail.

  11. every one he had dirt on a few top boss’s. come on wake up would you. the new lap dog knows this, the village manager is see’ing a few things, if so many workers are saying this to her, she will say hummmmmmm, right.

  12. “Last month, Thomas Rica admitted taking handfuls of quarters out of the parking meter coin storage room in Village Hall.”

    Really? He admitted to taking handfuls?? 1.8 million is a heck of a lot of handfuls!!!

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