A scrounging mum and daughter who used 100 false names to leech more than £170,000 in benefits have been made to repay the lot.
Fraudster Tabassum Begum dishonestly claimed £34,537 of housing benefit, £10,875 in council tax benefit and £80,395 of income support from the public purse.
And her mum Bushra Begum, 70, was overpaid £6,600 of pension credit, £27,568 of housing benefit and £8,500 in council tax benefit - bringing her ill-gotten fortune to £42,666.
Yet Tabassum, 41, was hiding more than £150,000 in 79 accounts registered under a variety of names, despite claiming for nearly a decade between July 2003 and July 2012.
While Bushra was sitting on a hidden stash of £62,416, spread between 21 accounts, even though she spent six years on benefits - from January 2007 to February 2013.
Now Watford Borough Council has recovered virtually all of the money the crooks claimed - and Tabassum faces a jail sentence for her crimes.
Bushra of Rose Gardens, Watford, was handed an 18-month jail sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to four charges of dishonest representation in April.
Tabassum of Chesham Way, Watford, will be sentenced on October 5, having confessed three counts of theft and one of fraud at the same time
Gary Turner, the council's fraud manager, said after conviction: “These prosecutions show the lengths to which we will go to crack down on people who abuse the system. Benefits are there to help the poorest in our society. People who commit benefit fraud are stealing from the taxpayer and we will not tolerate it."