A Margate City firefighter who was convicted of shoplifting $7.98 worth of merchandise from a local Wawa store must forfeit his current public employment.

On Friday, an Egg Harbor Township municipal court judge ordered 34-year-old Ashton Funk of Northfield must forfeit his job as a firefighter and lifeguard for Margate after being convicted for an offense of dishonesty.

On September 10th, Funk was charged and arrested for shoplifting $7.98 worth of merchandise from a Wawa store in Margate. The state alleges that Funk left the store without paying for items back on August 17th. At the time of the offense, the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office said Funk, who is a Margate City firefighter and a beach patrol employee, was not on-duty in either capacity.

At a trial in December, Funk was found guilty of shoplifting and an Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor made an application to the court for the forfeiture of Funk’s public employment.