- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

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.

A telephone number for him could not be located, and it’s not known if he’s retained an attorney.

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.

Based largely on statements from Streater regarding his inability to engage in physical activity, an independent doctor found he had a total and permanent disability. The doctor, though, concluded that his disability was from a preexisting condition and not work related.

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 and he was entitled to an accidental disability pension, which is untaxed and pays two-thirds of the beneficiary’s salary. An ordinary disability pension pays 40 percent of salary and is taxed.

State officials later learned Streater was teaching jiu jitsu two or more times a week at a mixed martial arts academy. They also found an online video of him participating in a highly competitive tournament.

The PFRS Board revoked Streater’s disability pension in April 2012, but he already had collected a total of $82,488 in benefits.

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