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Rogue Traders TV Presenter Jailed For Fraud
A television presenter whose job was to prevent people being ripped off has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for benefit fraud.
Dan Penteado, who worked on the BBC's Rogue Traders and Watchdog programmes, admitted eight offences of dishonestly or knowingly claiming council tax and housing benefits worth more than £24,000.
Bournemouth magistrates heard how he had neglected to mention earning more than £56,000 for his television work over three years.
The 40-year-old failed to tell officials about one of his bank accounts when he first filled in a claim form in 2007 and repeated the fraud over four subsequent years.
The court heard that Penteado, who has worked alongside television presenter Matt Allwright since 2001, "received £24,077.60 in housing and council tax benefit he wasn't entitled to".
Penteado's solicitor, Terrence Scanlan, told the court that his client had never had permanent work at the BBC, only a series of short-term contacts.
Deeply in debt and with a young family to support, Penteado decided not to interrupt the flow of housing benefit, a decision "he recognises now as a very, very poor judgement on his part".
Penteado was caught only when a council housing benefit officer recognised him on Rogue Traders and matched the name to his fraudulent application.
Bournemouth Council, which brought the prosecution, is trying to recover all of the money. So far, Penteado has paid back £210.
In the last series of Rogue Traders he and Mr Allwright tracked down eight bogus workmen they believed had ripped off customers.
But the court heard how Penteado, who also works as a private investigator, had not responded to letters sent to him by the council.
He handed himself in after an arrest warrant was issued following his failure to appear before magistrates to answer several charges of fraud.
Chairman of the bench John Corben told Penteado: "This is not a victimless crime, it is actually a crime of stealing from the public purse.
"It was planned over four years and it was calculated and we consider it so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate - you knew exactly what you were doing.
"You will be sentenced to 12 weeks in prison and it will not be suspended."
A dazed Penteado, who was dressed in a black jumper, black trousers, black tie and white shirt was escorted to the cells by two security guards.
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what do you think?
Ahhhh the irony
....THROW THE BOOK AT ANY BENEFIT FRAUDSTERS......AND CONFISCATE THEIR ASSETS....THEN PUT THEM IN PRISON........SORTED.......!!
after the bankers though !
No Lee, at the same time as the bankers Theives are theives are theives whatever their circumstances.
and just what assets do you reckon you will get from people on benefits. i have a better idea why not just stop benefits alltogether. then we will have thousands of people turning to crime. burglaries. violence. our houses and property will no longer be safe. anarchy you ever thought of that stuart
Just says it all lol
Oh well !! Lets see with the rest of the financial sector and also the BBC who seem to be avoiding paying tax. Yet joe public is meant to swallow it up, it's becoming a crazy world at the moment. The guy is on tele, not exactly bright then is he!
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G4s guards I wonder?
Has got exactly what he deserves. 12 weeks a little short in my opinion. 12 months would be more deserving.
serves him right he was always on about benefit cheats well guess what. if the cap fits...not long enough and i bet he don't pay back what he STOLE.
Ha ha ha ha you could say he!'s gone on a bit of a busmans holiday ha ha ha....a touch of irony...
I think the real irony is not so much that he used to present Rogue Traders but rather how he is going to prison for 12 weeks for stealing from the public purse. So who do you think has to pay for his time in jail?
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Isn't it interesting... I recall they had a TV show with some "reformed" burglars advising people on home security. Those "reformed" burglars were later convicted of burgling the homes they "secured". Seems to me that the BBC has very poor judgement in employing its presenters. IMHO any criminal conviction should bar employment.
£20,000 per year? Is that all the BBC paid him? Johnathon Ross sits on a chair for an hour on a Friday evening and gets £3,000,000 per year? Or, however much it was. £10,000,000 was it?
wonder if watchdog will do any more features on benefit fraud, got an inside man now
a bit rich that though aint it. we have the bankers ripping people off to the tune of millions. politicians claiming thousands of tax payers money fraudulently and what happens to them zilch. but hey woe betide anyone fraudulently claiming a few quid from the benefit system and its a witch hunt. hung drawn and quartered its a disgrace and quite frankly yet another example of the them and us system
And yet not one banker has been sent to prison. Hilarious story this.
Not bad money for part time contract and he's hard up?
it's a bit OTT. he didn't physically hurt anyone. why not give him community service. the bloke has a young family. so who's being punished? his wife and children will suffer more than him.
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I wonder who will be riding pillion with him now......................................?
Dan Penteado steals 24 grand and gets 12 weeks in prison. . . . . . Bankers steal billions and no charges are ever brought. . . Can anyone explain that to me ?
RIDICULOUS, get after all the Barclays Bankers who have fiddled millions, but no the judge who is probably on one of the boards of the fiddling ones, lets them get away with it, but punishes a man with a young family. I just hope now they get nothing of it back.