- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former police officer in New Jersey has admitted fraudulently collecting more than $321,000 in disability pension payments while working as a sheriff’s officer in Georgia.

Officials say 44-year-old John Marion of Valdosta, Georgia, pleaded guilty on Thursday to theft by deception.

Under terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend Marion be sentenced in January to up to 364 days in jail and must pay full restitution of $321,008.

Marion worked as a police officer in Waldwick, New Jersey, from 1998 to 2008, when he retired on a disability pension, collecting $3,614 per month for medical and stress-related conditions.

Authorities learned Marion has held successive positions as a law enforcement officer in Georgia with the Clinch County, Echols County and Lowndes County Sheriffs’ Offices since August 2009.

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