- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey firefighter will lose his $78,096-a-year job after being convicted of shoplifting $7.98 worth of items.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/2hTeGOO ) a Superior Court judge in Atlantic County denied Ashton Funk’s appeal of a lower court ruling on Thursday. He’s required to forfeit his jobs as a firefighter and lifeguard.

Funk wasn’t on-duty as a Margate firefighter or member of the beach patrol at the time of the offense in August 2015. But prosecutors wanted him dismissed from the job he’s held since 2011, saying a public employee is subject to dismissal if convicted of an offense involving dishonesty.

Prosecutors say Funk passed two long lines at a Wawa convenience store then left without paying for sunflower seeds, a breakfast sandwich, Gatorade and coffee.

Funk’s attorney didn’t return a call seeking comment.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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