File this one under, “What was he thinking?”. It seems that a California man who had been working as an interior designer and even appeared on an HGTV interior design reality show despite the fact that he had been collecting disability payments for his inability to work.
From AOL News:
Fifty-six-year-old Ronald Hunt of Los Angeles was sentenced Tuesday to 200 hours of community service and ordered to pay more than $180,000 in restitution, unpaid taxes and fines. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of fraud.
The state’s Franchise Tax Board says Hunt falsely claimed he was disabled for three years and collected almost $150,000 in benefits, while earning about $400,000 in income as an interior designer.
An employee of the insurance company that was paying Hunt’s benefits saw Hunt on a Home and Garden Television program and reported him to the state Department of Insurance.
I’m at complete loss as to why this man didn’t think that he’d be found out.
Lesson learned: Don’t mess with the State of California. You’ll never win. Especially if you appear on television.