Sunday 24 September 2017

BBC Rogue Traders' Dan Penteado jailed for 12 weeks for benefit fraud

Dan Penteado was warned he could be jailed for benefit fraud. Photo: BBC
Dan Penteado was warned he could be jailed for benefit fraud. Photo: BBC

BBC Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado has been sentenced to 12 weeks in jail after a £24,000 benefits fraud.

The 40-year-old, who chased down bogus workmen with Matt Allwright on the television show, admitted eight offences of dishonestly or knowingly claiming the benefits while not declaring he earned thousands from the BBC.



Penteado, was warned at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court last month that he could face jail before he was granted bail while a pre-sentence report was prepared.



Kerry O'Neill, prosecuting, said the offences went back to 2007 when Penteado filled out his first claim form and failed to declare he had another bank account.



The court heard that Penteado repeated the fraud in subsequent years up to 2011.



In that time he failed to tell Bournemouth Borough Council he had been paid more than £56,000 for his work on Rogue Traders from 2008 to 2011.



The court heard the council, which brought the prosecution, would be seeking to recover all the cash.



On June 14, Penteado handed himself into the police and insisted it had been a 'misunderstanding.'



He said at the time: "It's all a misunderstanding that's causing a lot of grief for my family.



"There is no arrest warrant. I've been to the police station and I've not been arrested."



When he is not working on Rogue Traders he works as a private investigator in the UK and abroad.

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