State – Firefighter fraudulently collected disability pension
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A former Camden firefighter accused of collecting a state disability pension while working as a martial arts instructor and participating in competitive mixed martial arts has been indicted on a theft by deception charge.
A state grand jury returned the indictment against 40-year-old Shane Streater on Monday. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted.
Officials say Streater applied for an accidental disability pension in February 2009, claiming he was disabled due to two on-duty accidents. In each incident, the Camden resident claimed to have injured his back and/or neck.
The New Jersey Police and Firemen's Retirement System Board awarded Streater an ordinary disability pension in January 2010. Streater appealed that ruling, insisting his disability was work-related.
Authorities say Streater collected more than $82,000. A telephone number for him could not be located, and it's not known if he's retained an attorney.