New Jersey’s acting Attorney General, Robert Lougy, announced that Shane B. Streater, a former Camden Firefighter, was convicted of stealing more than $82,000 by fraudulently collecting a disability pension from the state’s Police and Firemen’s RetirementSystem. While doing so, Streater was working as a martial arts instructor and participating in competitive mixed martial arts.
Streater, 41, was convicted of second-degree theft by deception. Sentencing is scheduled for May 20.
“Streater portrayed himself as a firefighter permanently disabled in the line of duty, but it was all a shameful charade, as he demonstrated by engaging in strenuous martial arts activities,” said Lougy. “His ploy to steal pension benefits was a slap in the face of the honest firefighters and officers who continue to serve the public bravely and who are counting on that pension fund for their retirement.”
41-year-old Shane Streater collected more than $82,000 in benefits after claiming to have been disabled by back and neck injuries suffered while on duty.
But an investigation revealed Streater was working as a martial arts instructor and taking part in competitive MMA fights as seen in YouTube videos.