Former NJ teacher sentenced to prison after fraudulently collecting $250K in disability benefits

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PISCATAWAY, N.J (PIX11) – A former middle school teacher from Virginia has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently collecting $249,000 in disability pension while working in other states.

John A. Brishcar, 59, was a middle school science teacher at the Piscataway School District when he filled an application for disability benefits citing “prolonged stress and chronic back pain” in 2003.

Since the application was approved in 2004, the Virginia resident has been collecting monthly benefits totaling $248,960.

New Jersey Pensions and Benefits later learned he was working as a full time teacher in Virginia and a substitute teacher in West Virginia – while still collecting tens of thousands in benefits.

He plead guilty to charges of second degree theft by deception. He must pay the full $248,960, and has been permanently barred from public employment in NJ. Brishcar has also been sentenced to three years in state prison.

“His only real disability was a complete lack of honesty and ethics,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman.