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After being convicted of charges related to stabbing himself to collect disability benefits, a former Johnson City, N.Y. police officer will deal with the harm he inflicted on himself for years to come.

Matthew Romano, 34, fabricated a story involving two unknown males, whom he claimed assaulted him on December 30, 2006, while he was on patrol. The former patrol officer then attempted to obtain 75 percent of his salary—tax free—and with cost of living increases included, for the rest of his life based on his claim that the psychological trauma he had suffered because of the incident prevented him from being able to work.

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