The leather-clad biker from the BBC’s Rogue Traders and Watchdog, Dan Penteado, has today admitted to over £24,000 of council tax and benefit fraud. He is the side-kick of presenter Matt Allwright on the popular TV shows. On the show they chase after the cowboys to help protect the public from getting ripped off!
It is now clear that Mr Penteado is a rogue himself! From 2008 to 2012 he claimed housing and council tax benefit to the sum of £24,077.60 which he wasn’t entitled to because he had not declared his work with the BBC.
It is unclear whether Mr Penteado still has a job with the BBC, but this situation highlights the fact that presenters of these awful shows are far from the integrity based knights in shining armour they would have us believe.
Shows like Rogue Traders simply sensationalise the fact is that the general public are being ripped off every day by rogue traders. They offer no solutions, just negative drama.
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