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Dan Penteado with fellow Rogue Traders presenter Matt Allwright
According to The Sun, Dan Penteado of BBC1's Rogue Traders is wanted by police over fraud allegations. Alongside Matt Allright, he exposes cowboy builders, bad service tactics, bogus workmen and law-breaking by companies who exploit the public.
The 40-year-old, who was born in Portugal, is now accused of claiming more than £24,000 in the form of housing benefit and council tax benefits he was not entitled to while working for the BBC.
Due before magistrates in Dorset, Penteado failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Prosecuting for Bournemouth Borough Council, Johanne McNamara said: "Mr Penteado was claiming housing benefit and council tax benefit on the basis he was a full-time student with a family, he received benefit on that basis. Over a period of time his position has changed. He was actually employed on BBC's Rogue Traders' programme as a motorbike rider."
She added: "There are a number of offences. Some relate to failing to disclose a bank account which his wages were paid into, others relate to failing to notify a change in his circumstances when he was hired by the BBC."
A spokesman for Dorset police said: "We can confirm that an arrest warrant has been issued for Mr Penteado over allegations of benefit fraud."
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