Tsk, tsk, dancing hamster. Kia's trio of anthropomorphic rodents may be down a member, as the actor that portrays one of the dancing hamsters has been arrested on charges of disability fraud.

According to The Huffington Post, 27-year-old LeRoy Barnes accepted over $51,000 in disability payments following a workplace injury in 2010. While accepting the money, he's accused of performing under aliases, in addition to his costumed work for Kia.

"Fraudulently collecting disability benefits is not only illegal, it disrespects legitimately injured Californians who are unable to work," Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in a release obtained by HuffPo.

Barnes was arrested back in March and posted $50,000 in bail the following day.


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      Love Great Danes
      • 6 Months Ago
      What a RAT!!! Whoops, sorry, hamster
      Spiny Norman
      • 6 Months Ago
      In related news, one of the other dancers has been charged with shoplifting ten pounds of sunflower seeds by stuffing them in his cheek pouches.
      kos10
      • 6 Months Ago
      Did he pulled a hamstring?
      Ryan Schneider
      • 6 Months Ago
      You guys are really reaching on some of these "automotive" stories, lately......
        J W
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ryan Schneider
        You sure told Autoblog by clicking the article and posting about it. Traffic is traffic, if you really hate this stuff, don't give them numbers to encourage it. Move on to the next blog post.
        Aaron N
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ryan Schneider
        Reaching? Considering this is involving someone who was employed by KIA, I would say that this was automotive.
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          [blocked]
        David
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ryan Schneider
        Like passing a car wreck- just had to look to see if some moron complained about the article rather than just moving on to a more "car related" post that meets his approval.
      Ken Mam
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ya hahahaha!! Typical Kia customer. Cheating the system to get more money.
      lrx301
      • 6 Months Ago
      The lawyer helped him to make the disability claim should be arrested too. I see a lot of these ad on TV now such as "disability express".
      Wetstuff
      • 6 Months Ago
      ... Why work when you can sell the pills you get for your bad back.. AND a check each month. Like Farmers or MIL contractors - everybody likes free money.
      cbamft
      • 6 Months Ago
      If it winds up being true... ..then what a dick.
      Chris Praz
      • 6 Months Ago
      How does one starve a hamster? hide his food stamp card under his work boots.
      HollywoodF1
      • 6 Months Ago
      Which hamster?
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