Kia Hamster Actor Charged with Disability Fraud

Kia Hamster Actor Charged with Disability Fraud
Leroy Barnes
California Department of Insurance/AP

06/05/2014 AT 10:00 AM EDT

Will one of the dancing hamsters from Kia's car commercials soon get caged?

A man who played a Kia hamster 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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