A firefighter in Camden, Shane Streater, claimed that he was disabled after two separate fire truck accidents left him with debilitating back and neck injuries. One was in December of 2007 and one was in March of 2008. As a result of the accidents, he said he could not engage in physical activity and could not work. His doctor found him to have a total and permanent disability, but said it was from a preexisting condition and not from his work.
Though he was receiving a disability pension from the New Jersey Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, he appealed that and said he should be receiving an accidental disability pension- which is untaxed and pays 2/3’s salary rather than 40% taxed salary the regular disability pension pays out.
After officials investigated Streater, they found he was teaching mixed martial arts twice a week and competing in martial arts tournaments. He received his black belt in jiu jitsu during the time he was collecting disability.
The retirement fund stopped his disability payments in April of 2012 but by then he had collected $82,488. He is also charged with theft by deception and may face prison time.
The Attorney General of New Jersey, John Hoffman, said that his actions were a “slap in the face” to other members of the department.