Far Out Friday: Dancing hamster arrested for insurance fraud
A dancing hamster has boogied his way into getting busted for insurance fraud after investigators accused him of collecting state disability benefits for over a year while still employed.
The fancy footwork of Leroy Barnes, best known as one of the dancing hamsters in a series of Kia car commercials, were what eventually led to the charges being laid, reports propertycasualty360.com.
According to the California Department of Insurance, Barnes, was injured in 2010 while employed as a dancer for John Cossette Productions and he received more than $51,000 in disability benefits from the state through September 2011.
The 27-year-old claimed to have been unemployed the entire time but was actually quite busy, dancing in the Kia ads, performing in a rap group called The Rej3ctz and even working as a backup dancer for Madonna, Kelly Rowland and others.
Barnes is suspected of deceiving his doctors about his employments status while receiving benefits.