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Jury: Firefighter fraudulently collected pension

Posted at 5:35 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 17:35:29-04

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A former Camden, New Jersey, firefighter accused of collecting a state disability pension while working as a martial arts instructor and participating in competitive mixed martial arts has been convicted of theft by deception.

State authorities say 41-year-old Shane Streater faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced next month. The verdict was rendered Tuesday by a Camden County jury following a weeklong trial

Streater applied for an accidental disability pension in 2009, saying he was disabled due to two on-duty accidents. In each incident he claimed to have injured his back and/or neck.

The 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.