A former New Jersey teacher who stole nearly $249,000 in disability pension payments is going to prison because he was teaching in Virginia.
A judge on Friday sentenced 59-year-old John Brishcar of Front Royal, Virginia, to three years behind bars. He also ordered Brishcar to pay $248,960 in restitution.
Brishcar pleaded guilty to theft by deception in February.
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Brishcar admitted he deceived the state by submitting an application for disability retirement because he was incapacitated from doing his job with the Piscataway school district. But Brishcar worked as a substitute teacher in West Virginia and as a full-time teacher in Virginia.
Brishcar has been suspended from his job in Virginia.