Insurance companies work hard to root out claimants with false injuries and unreported secondary income.
It makes their jobs a lot easier when your secret source of income springs from appearing on HGTV. California disability recipient Ronald E. Hunt, 56, kept on working as a designer for the channel (the pic above is a dazzling redo of a tired A-frame courtesy of Hunt), and his dual source of cash flow remained intact until an insurance company employee spotted Hunt on the channel and snitched to the California Department of Insurance.
A statement by the California Franchise Tax Board says:
“An investigation confirmed Hunt intentionally and knowingly concealed his secondary employment from his disability insurance company by falsifying written statements and deceiving a company field representative.”
Official say that while on disability, Hunt earned in excess of $400,000 and did not pay income tax. Hunt was slapped with 60 months of probation and 200 hours of community service, as well as $180,000 in fines and restitution.