Undercover reporters investigating benefit cheats for a Channel 5 documentary were shocked to discover a whole host of illegal activities at a Nottingham mini-mart.
As well as getting staff to admit they were still claiming unemployed benefits, investigative journalist Paul Connolly and his team also found evidence that the store was selling counterfeit cigarettes and antibiotics without prescriptions.
The dodgy dealings are revealed in an episode of Undercover Benefits Cheat after a reporter, equipped with a hidden camera, obtained a job at the shop in the Midlands.
She tells the shop manager, known as Aram, that she would like to work full-time whilst still claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.
The handout is only available to those who work up to 16 hours a week - so Aram tells her he will pay her cash in hand and fudge her payslips.
He said: 'If one day the Jobcentre push you to work, do full-time but we'll give you payslips for only 16 hours a week. If anybody comes in, even if it's next year, just say you've started work. If they see you working, say "this is my first day".'
The undercover reporter finds she's not the only one given such an offer of employment at the store.
Another worker tells her he still claims benefits despite being employed. He said: 'It's better for you to still go to the Jobcentre, don't tell them you are working here. I get the money, there's no one who knows I am working here.'
Whilst working undercover, the reporter appears to discover the store has a lucrative black market trade in smuggled cigarettes and under-the-counter medicine.
She found evidence of counterfeit goods hidden around the store in trap doors under fridges and secret compartments behind shelves and air conditioning vents.
When Trading Standards Officers pay a surprise visit, the reporter is given a bag stuffed with illegal products and told to run away from the store with them via a back entrance.
When she returns when the coast is clear, Aram admitted: 'If she'd have been caught, we'd have lost everything.'
Aram and his employees are seen selling the counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco powder at cut prices and they avoid putting them through the till so there is no record of the sale.
They also sell prescription-only medication in the same manner.
Aram admits he has no idea what the drugs he sells are for and he does not ask customers to show him a prescription in order to obtain them.
When a mother comes in asking if a prescription-only drug on sale is suitable for children, he said: 'We have antibiotics but maybe not for children, I'm not sure, you have to read if it's good for children or not.'
He later admits to the undercover Channel 5 employee: 'We have Duomox, Kattanol, Augemen, are they antibiotics? You tell me I don't know. Do you have to have a prescription? No, just sell them like that.'
Duomox is a amoxicillin-based drug - a penicillin antibiotic that fights bacteria with a long list of side effects including stomach cramps and passing blood. The other drugs are actually believed to be Augmentin, used to treat bacterial infections, and Ketonal - a drug for preventing and treating postoperative pain. The NHS website warns that taking extra doses of Augmentin, even one additional tablet, can prove harmful.
At the end of the show, the undercover reporter reveals her true identity and Paul Connolly arrives with a camera crew to confront Aram, who denies any wrongdoing.
He tells Paul, while physically shoving him out of the shop door: 'I only offered her part-time work. Get out, you're not welcome here, you have to leave.'
Paul said: 'He tried to deny it all but he struggled to do so because he knew exactly what he was doing was wrong.'
He added of Amran and the other benefits cheats he exposes on the show: 'They might not be hardened criminals but they don't have to be to rip off the benefits system. It's a crime that is anything but victimless because it's you, me and the decent, honest people on benefits who pick up the bill.'