He may have spent his working life tracking down conmen and shaming dishonest traders, but in an ironic twist, Dan Penteado, a presenter on BBC1 programme Rogue Traders, has today been jailed for 12 weeks after committing benefit fraud totalling more than £24,000.
Penteado has been the on-screen sidekick of investigative journalist Matt Allwright since 2001, most recently appearing together in the Rogue Traders section on BBC1’s Watchdog programme.
The duo track down and trap dishonest tradesmen using actors and hidden cameras. During the course of the programme Penteado has helped oust numerous traders who have skipped out on jobs leaving dodgy workmanship or swindled vulnerable homeowners out of their hard earned cash.
But while filming the show Penteado racked up over £24,000 of benefit payments and has since appeared at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court admitting to eight offences of dishonesty for knowingly claiming housing and council tax benefits.
Councillor David Smith, from Bournemouth Borough Council said, “The amount of money stolen in this case is truly shocking. We are pleased that Mr Penteado has now been successfully prosecuted and brought to justice.”
“The council will not tolerate benefit fraud and will always take action to ensure public funds are protected from abuse and available to support the most vulnerable in society.”
A BBC spokesperson has said: “In light of the prosecution, Dan Penteado will not be returning to Rogue Traders.”