Gosport man admits £8,000 of benefits fraud

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A MAN has admitted falsely claiming more than £8,000 in benefits.

Neil Baxter appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court after an investigation by Gosport Borough Council’s fraud team.

He pleaded guilty to two offences under the Social Security Administration Act 1992, in that he dishonestly failed to notify the council that he had started work, and that his monthly Paymaster pension had increased.

Baxter, 56, of Bucksey Road, Gosport, was sentenced to 80 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay £50 towards costs.

By continuing to claim benefit to which he was not entitled, Baxter received an overpayment of more than £8,000 in Housing and council tax benefit which must also be paid back in full.

Councillor Mark Hook, leader of the council, said: ‘I’m delighted to say that more people are calling our hotline to pass on information about those they believe to be cheating the system.

‘When honest people see those who cheat the system by working for cash or claiming money to which they are not entitled, I think they feel enough is enough. That is when they decide to take advantage of our hotline to report them.’