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A MAN has admitted benefit fraud worth thousands of pounds – and has been ordered to pay it all back.

Adam Kensall, 34, of Nicholl Place, in Gosport, pleaded guilty at Fareham Magistrates’ Court to failing to tell Gosport’s council his circumstances changed.

He started self-employed work and his Employment Support Allowance ceased but he continued to claim it.

Kensall pleaded guilty to two offences under the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid community work and had to pay £100 costs.

By claiming benefit he was not entitled to, Kensall received £13,000 in housing and council tax benefit.

He must pay it all back and has paid some already.

Councillor Mark Hook is the leader of Gosport’s council.

He said: ‘It’s vitally important that if your circumstances change, that you write to the benefit section and let them know immediately, as failure to do so within a month may result in a loss of benefit.

‘Of course if you then don’t tell us and our fraud team finds out, then you could find yourself not only having to pay back any overpayment you’ve received, but you could accrue costs, a fine or even a jail sentence.’