– Councillor David Smith, Bournemouth Borough Council
The amount of money stolen in this case is truly shocking. We are pleased that Mr Penteado has now been successfully prosecuted and brought to justice. The council will not tolerate benefit fraud and will always take action to ensure public funds are protected from abuse and available to support the most vulnerable in society. Anyone committing benefit fraud should expect to be investigated and action to be taken. We would urge anyone who knows, or who is suspicious that a person is committing benefit fraud, to report it immediately.
The former presenter of BBC Rogue Traders, Dan Penteado, has been jailed for 12 weeks over council tax and housing benefit fraud worth more than £24,000.