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Posted: Jun 4, 2014 8:11 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jun 4, 2014 8:11 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: dancing hamster, fraud, disability, workers compensation, California, Leroy Barnes, Madonna, Kia, commercial

LOS ANGELES- Disability fraud charges were filed against a man who played a dancing hamster in a Kia car commercial and who was a backup dancer for Madonna.

The California Department of Insurance says Leroy Barnes of Los Angeles collected $51,000 in workers compensation payments.

Barnes is 27 and claims he was disabled when a piece of a ceiling fan fell on him in 2010.

But the state contends that's when he made at least one Kia commercial, performed in a rap group, assisted in recording the song "Cat Daddy," and was a dancer for Madonna, Kelly Rowland and Chris Brown.

Barnes is now free on bail and couldn't be reached for comment.

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