New Jersey Official Stole $460,000 in Change

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Last year, Thomas Rica lost his job as Ridgewood’s public works inspector after it was discovered that he stole $500 in quarters from the room where the town kept its parking meter proceeds. However, an in-depth investigation revealed that he actually stole a total of $460,000 — that’s 1.8 million quarters — over a 25-month period by filling his pockets with coins and depositing them in a bank account, presumably after filling up multiple change jars at home.