A Somalian mother-of-five used some of the proceeds of a £102,000 benefit fraud to send her two eldest daughters to a private boarding school.
Refugee Shukri Yusuf, 45, of Waterside Close, Southall claimed she was a struggling single-mum while living with her bus driver husband Omar Jama Tarabi.
She protested her innocence, but on the first day of her trial eventually pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to notify a change in her circumstances between June, 2008 and April, 2014.
The counts relate to dishonest claims for income support, housing benefit and council tax.
Yesterday at Isleworth Crown Court she was sentenced to twenty-six weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 175 hours community service work.
Yusuf entered the UK in 1999 and complains that during the swindle she was forced to raise her family in one room accommodation.
Two of her daughters enjoyed a private education and the eldest is now at teacher training college, with her younger sister completing sixth-form studies.
“Your husband is a bus driver and his income was never declared. These crimes funded a lifestyle, big luxuries like a car and private school fees,” Judge Jonathan Ferris told her.