Warren County Middle School teacher indicted

Teacher accused of accepting disability payments while working full time job

By Henry Culvyhouse

A Warren County Middle School teacher has been indicted on charges of theft by deception in New Jersey.

John Brishcar, 58, is accused of receiving a total of $245,130 in disability payments over several years while working a full time job.

Peter Aseltine, a public information officer for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, said no warrant has been issued for Brishcar’s arrest, nor has an arraignment date been set.

Brishcar was indicted in Mercer County, New Jersey, last week on charges of receiving $1,914 a month in disability payments since September 2004 while working as a substitute teacher in West Virginia, and as a sixth grade science teacher in Warren County since 2005.

The investigation started when New Jersey’s Division of Pensions received an anonymous tip about Brishcar’s employment in Virginia. Aseltine called the Brishcar case a standard case of disability fraud.

“The allegations in this case present a typical scenario, in which an individual falsely claims to be disabled and then finds other employment while collecting disability benefits,” Aseltine said.

He noted that disability fraud is fairly prevalent, but New Jersey is working to combat it.

“By aggressively prosecuting these cases, we are working to deter such conduct,” Aseltine said.

Pamela McInnis, the superintendent of Warren County Public Schools, stated in an email to the Northern Virginia Daily that Brishcar has been suspended from teaching, in accordance with Virginia Code 22.1-315. However, she would not state whether he was suspended with or without pay.

“This is a personnel matter and the school division will not comment further at this time,” McInnis said. “I will not comment on whether he has been suspended with or without pay.”

According to the code, a teacher is suspended when under indictment for the commission of a felony. During this time, the teacher may or may not receive a salary. If the teacher is suspended without pay, his salary is deposited in an interest-bearing account that will be paid to the teacher if he is found innocent or the charge is dismissed.

The Northern Virginia Daily was unable to reach Brishcar for comment. His attorney, Paul Norris of Stark and Stark Attorneys at Law in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, did not offer a comment about his client’s case.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com