BBC’s Watchdog presenter Dan Penteado, actually he transports Matt Allwright the shows main presenter around on a motorbike, has been issued with an arrest warrant after failing to turn up to court over allegations of benefit fraud.
The Portuguese 40-year-old is accused of claiming £24,000 in council tax and housing benefit fraudulently while he worked for the BBC on a programme that tracked down traders ripping off the public whereas he appears to have been ripping off the taxpayer while doing it.
The presenter, who has worked on the BBC’s Rogue Traders programme, part of Watchdog, since 2001, is said to have claimed he was a student.
Johanne McNamara, prosecuting for Bournemouth borough council, telling magistrates that
“Mr Penteado was claiming housing benefit and council tax benefit on the basis that 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.
“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.”
Yesterday, however, police said the warrant was no longer outstanding. It is believed Penteado got in contact with officers and he has been bailed to appear in court at a later date.
Our ‘No Cold Callers’ sign works!
We had a right result today, Mrs ‘W’ was out putting tins in the recycle bin when she spotted two religious looking people with leaflets in their hands making their way along the road. Mrs ‘W’ came back into the house a bit smartish advised me not to answer the door and then proceeded to curtain twitch. Sure enough down the drive they came but stopped halfway down and looked at our ‘Money Saving Expert’ No Cold Callers sign. The pair conferred then walked back up the drive and went next door. Hallelujah!
Fancy an Indian meal tonight?
Make sure there are no decomposing mice on the premises first though.
An Ilford restaurant owner was responsible for a mice infestation which left diners at a serious risk of food poisoning, a court heard yesterday.
Batir Miah, 40, of Mighell Avenue, Ilford, was due to be sentenced after admitting seven breaches of European Commission and food hygiene regulations.
Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that Mr Miah’s Indian restaurant, Muhib Indian Cuisine, in Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets, had “no area in the kitchen or basement that was free from the presence of mice”.
Three rotting mice at various stages of decomposition were discovered on a trap and a cockroach was found in the kitchen when environmental health officers did a routine spot check in April 2011. The wheels of justice certainly grind very slowly in this case as the offence was committed over a year ago.
Droppings were found in boxes of lettuces, tomatoes and peppers, as well as in takeaway containers.
An area used to store cleaning products was littered with rodent faeces, the court heard. The restaurant was shut down almost immediately after the inspection.
It was owned by Rayhill Limited, of which Miah was a director. The company has since gone into liquidation forcing Miah, a father-of-four, to work as a waiter.