Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office recently announced that a 29-year-old man who portrayed a dancing hamster in car commercials pleaded no contest recently to insurance fraud.
Leroy Barnes entered his no contest plea to one count each of insurance fraud and false statements regarding aid. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Norm Shapiro immediately sentenced Barnes to 90 days of electronic monitoring. Barnes also was ordered to perform 400 hours of community service and pay more than $24,000 in restitution.
Deputy District Attorney Richard Gallegly of the Healthcare Fraud Division prosecuted the case.
Barnes, best known for playing one of the hip-hop hamsters in the popular Kia car commercials, received state disability benefits between September 2010 and September 2011. During that time, Barnes defrauded the state by claiming he wasn’t employed but was working on the Kia commercials, Gallegly said.
Case BA422409 was investigated by the California Department of Insurance.
Source: Los Angeles DA’s Office