BBC Rogue Traders star Dan Penteado jailed


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The Independent Online

A presenter of the BBC's Rogue Traders series, Dan Penteado, has been jailed for 12 weeks for council tax and housing benefit fraud worth more than £24,000. He is also to be axed from the show.

Penteado, 40, from Bournemouth, who chases down bogus workmen with Matt Allwright on the TV show, admitted eight offences of dishonestly or knowingly claiming the benefits while earning more than £56,000 from the BBC.

Bournemouth magistrates' court heard he committed the fraud from 2008 to 2012 because he was on a short-term contract and did not want to "interrupt the flow" of housing benefit. He was caught when a benefits officer recognised him on Rogue Traders.