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    Kia Soul Hamster Accused of State Disability Fraud

    By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on June 9, 2014 | In Social Security Disability

    You may no doubt be familiar with the Kia automobile commercials in which dancing urban hamsters hop into an awaiting Kia Soul to drive off to whatever adventures urban hamsters allegedly enjoy. Now, a dancer who played one of those hamsters has been accused of working while collecting California State Disability Insurance (SDI) benefits.

    The 27-year-old Los Angeles man claims he was injured by a falling piece of ceiling while dancing for a theatrical company in 2010. A spokeswoman for the California Department of Insurance claims that the man received $51,000 in disability payments from September 2010 to September 2011.

    The department has accused him of working on at least one of the Kia ads and working as a backup dancer for pop stars Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, and Madonna while continuing to collect disability benefits. The spokeswoman said that the accused told his doctors he had not worked during the year he collected the benefits.

    The disability benefit attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Los Angeles never condone fraudulently collecting state or federal disability benefits under any circumstances. We are also aware that some people who may be committing SDI fraud may not even be aware they are doing so.

    Any changes to your working status or health condition should be immediately reported to the proper authorities. Be aware that you may not collect California State Disability (SDI) benefits if you have applied for workers’ compensation or are collecting workers’ compensation benefits.

    The penalties for being convicted of SDI benefit fraud can be harsh, possibly leading to a fine of up to $20,000 and a prison sentence.

    Committing Disability Insurance fraud is never worth the trouble it can get you into. If you have questions or concerns about your continued eligibility or are confused about what you may or may not do if you are collecting SDI benefits, call one of our experienced SDI attorneys toll-free at (800) 438-7734. Or simply contact us online to set up a case review appointment.

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