Rogue Trader biker pleads guilty to benefit fraud - you couldn't make it up
We like it when cheats and scoundrels get found out. We like it even better when those who really ought to know better get caught with their pants down. This time it’s no politician’s peccadillo, however, but an upholder of what is right and proper being found with his hands in the till.
BBC Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado (the Portuguese one who clutches Matt Allwright on the motorbike) has today pleaded guilty to council tax and housing benefit fraud to the tune of more than £24,000.
The 40 year old fraudster, who co-hosts (presumably that should now be past tense?) the programme that chases cheats and dodgy dealers, admitted eight offences of dishonestly or knowingly claiming the benefits while not declaring he earned thousands from the BBC for the show.
The offences went back to 2007 when Penteado filled out his first claim form for the benefits and failed to declare his ‘other’ bank account. He then repeated the fraud from 2008 to 2011, during which time he was paid more than £56,000 by Rogue Traders. Bournemouth Borough Council were not informed of this small detail, which would have left his grubby little mitts without that extra benefit cash he so clearly needed.
“[Penteado] received £24,077.60 in housing and council tax benefit he was not entitled to," said Kerry O'Neill, prosecuting. "He failed to notify the borough council of the money coming in." But it’s OK, because he has already paid back some of the money, all of which Bournemouth Borough Council are demanding. He has paid back £210 whole pounds of stolen taxpayers money.
Funnily enough, the cheeky chappie had nothing to say for himself. Even funnier is that no-one from the Council ever put two and two together to wonder whether the Dan Penteado grinning television presenter, who lives in Bournemouth was the same Dan Penteado claiming thousands of pounds of benefits from Bournemouth council every year. Dan Penteado must be a very popular name on the South coast.
Penteado was granted bail until July 17 at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court, where he was warned could face jail.