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17/07/2012 07:46 BST | Updated 17/07/2012 11:08 BST

Dan Penteado, BBC Rogue Traders Presenter, Sentenced To Three Months Over £24,000 Fraud

BBC Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado was jailed for 12 weeks for council tax and housing benefit fraud worth more than £24,000 on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old, who chases down bogus workmen with Matt Allwright on the television show, had previously admitted eight offences of dishonestly or knowingly claiming the benefits while not declaring he earned more than £56,000 from the BBC.

His solicitor Terrence Scanlan told Bournemouth Magistrates' Court he committed the fraud from 2008 to 2012 because he was on a short-term contract with the BBC and made the "very poor judgment not to interrupt the flow of housing benefit".

Debt-ridden Penteado was only caught when a council housing benefit officer recognised him on Rogue Traders and matched the name to his fraudulent application.

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