The former co-presenter of the BBC's consumer show Rogue Traders has been sent to jail for 12 weeks.
Bournemouth Magistrates' Court heard how Dan Penteado committed £24,000 worth of council tax and housing benefit fraud between 2008 to 2012.
The 40-year-old is known to viewers for chasing down bogus workmen with Matt Allwright on the back of a motorbike.
He 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 legal team said he committed the fraud because he was on a short-term contract and made the "very poor judgment not to interrupt the flow of housing benefit".
- Penteado was caught when a council housing benefit officer recognised him on Rogue Traders and matched the name to his fraudulent application
- Penteado's trial heard how he was facing huge debts and owed £20,000
- His solicitor argued he had "lost his burgeoning career in broadcasting and that itself is quite a punishment for him"
Penteado, who also works as a private investigator, started working with Matt Allwright in 2001 and has worked on Rogue Traders and Watchdog.
He appeared dazed when he was sentenced.