NJ firefighter on disability who did martial arts gets prison

Shane Streater filed for disability after claiming to be injured; he is now sentenced to 7 years in prison

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey firefighter who collected a state disability pension while teaching jiu jitsu and participating in competitive mixed martial arts is going to prison.

Shane Streater was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison and ordered to repay more than $82,000. He was convicted of theft by deception in April.

The 41-year-old Camden resident also is permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey.

Streater filed for disability in 2009 claiming he had been injured on the job. Investigators later learned he was teaching jiu jitsu two or more times a week, and they found a YouTube video of him participating in a mixed martial arts tournament where he won a bronze medal.

An independent doctor concluded Streater's disability was from a pre-existing condition and wasn't work-related.

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