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Kia hamster actor charged with disability fraud

'Kia Hamster' Dancer Leroy Barnes Charged With Disability Fraud In Los Ange

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who played a dancing hamster in Kia car commercials and was a backup dancer for Madonna has been charged with California disability fraud.

The California Department of Insurance says 27-year-old Leroy Barnes of Los Angeles collected $51,000 in workers compensation benefits in 2010 and 2011. Barnes claimed he was disabled when a piece of ceiling fell on him.

But the department says he made at least one Kia commercial, performed in a rap group, assisted in recording the song "Cat Daddy," and was a backup dancer for Madonna, Kelly Rowland and Chris Brown.

Barnes was arrested last month and is free on bail. He couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Insurance department spokeswoman Nancy Kincaid said she didn't know if he had a lawyer.

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MASTER June 04 2014 at 8:29 PM

Give him 5 to 10 on the wheel

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clwgeorgetownlaw MASTER June 04 2014 at 10:46 PM

Damn, you stole my line

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Tony and Laurel clwgeorgetownlaw June 05 2014 at 10:34 AM

No. No. Make him live in a glass box with cedar chips for the floor.

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gfodor0647 MASTER June 05 2014 at 9:10 AM

That's really funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Don E June 04 2014 at 9:16 PM

They arrest this guy and the crooks on wall street remain free for stealing more money than
we can dream of. What a system!!

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SHEILA Don E June 05 2014 at 1:24 AM

...wall street, washington d.c etc. from the top to the bottom, from government to joe's veggie market 'round the corner, sadly, greed is the american way.

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Rock SHEILA June 05 2014 at 11:56 AM

Don't forget the IRS. They raped me more than what I owed to make an example out of me.

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rda1911 Don E June 05 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yeah poor democrats get busted and rich democrats get government handouts.....change you can believe in?

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Rabbi Moishe June 04 2014 at 8:05 PM

Why, he's just a little rat !

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blackcoffeeparty June 04 2014 at 8:41 PM

Always found the ad with the rodents kind of stupid

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Rock blackcoffeeparty June 05 2014 at 11:55 AM


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cdk456 June 04 2014 at 8:49 PM

Kia's move toward appealing to the urban crowd turned me off their cars.

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arthoree cdk456 June 04 2014 at 11:48 PM

You sound stupid all cars are appealing to urban crowds what the" hell" so you must don't own a vehicle.

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pallate arthoree June 05 2014 at 8:17 AM

Please learn to use periods and capitalization; you'll look less the fool.

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jcbigg cdk456 June 04 2014 at 11:49 PM

cdk456, you must dislike many products as the "urban" approach has become the norm. By the way, how is using hamsters dressed like young, hip people urban?

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dbear4u2 June 04 2014 at 9:11 PM

Small time theft, he isn't ready for the big boys game of government theft.

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majorg1000 dbear4u2 June 04 2014 at 9:45 PM

Speaking from experience?

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Larry June 04 2014 at 9:31 PM

Other than the fact that a rat driving an ugly KIA Soulless is pathetic pop culture, it is typical of the tactics used by second and third tier competitors - appeal to cutesy, not facts.

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missneifa2u Larry June 05 2014 at 12:36 PM

Hey Hey be nice now..Kia Soul's are cool cars! :-)

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jobriendj June 04 2014 at 9:43 PM

everybody's hustlin , hustlin

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dandva June 04 2014 at 9:02 PM

They should give him 2 yrs community service working for an exterminator.

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Randy1953 June 04 2014 at 11:01 PM

The giant mousetrap baited with Madonna should have been a warning ....

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