November 20, 2009 in Nation/World

‘Disabled’ designer spotted on HGTV

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – California tax officials say an interior designer’s false disability claim was uncovered when he was spotted on a home improvement TV show.

Fifty-six-year-old Ronald Hunt was sentenced Tuesday to 200 hours of community service and ordered to pay more than $180,000 in restitution, unpaid taxes and fines.

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 as an interior designer.

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