Former broker for Toms River schools admits role in bribery scheme

The former insurance broker for the Toms River Regional School District today admitted his role in a scheme to pay bribes and other benefits to the then-superintendent of schools to get and maintain a contract to provide insurance services for the district, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today.

Francis X. Gartland, 70, of Baltimore, Md., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to defraud the IRS, and perjury.