A CON artist given six months to pay £80,000 compensation to her victims has coughed up enough cash to avoid having her jail term increased.
Beverley Jeffs, who plundered the bank accounts of elderly and dead residents while working as a care home manager, was ordered to repay the cash or face having 18 months added to her five-year prison sentence.
So far a 'substantial amount' of money has been recovered through selling Jeffs' assets.
But Lawrence Archer, whose wheelchair-bound sister Eileen Bull had her life savings raided by Jeffs while living at Overseal Residential Home in Woodville Road, said: "I never expected her to come up with the money because she is that crafty."
Mr Archer, a retired farm worker living in Milton, added: "Until my sister has her money back in her account, I still won't fully believe it."
Derbyshire Police won permission last summer to confiscate Jeffs' belongings - including her home in Bretby Hollow, Newhall, and her £22,000 Mercedes car - in a bid for justice for her victims.
A force spokesman said: "The courts are in the process of recovering the money and a substantial amount has been paid back as part of these proceedings. The courts are looking to recoup the rest of the money. As a result of these repayments, Beverley Jeffs' sentence has not been extended.
"It seems every effort has been made to pay the money back, but assets such as houses can take a long time to reclaim."
The Proceeds of Crime Act was invoked to recover her property to repay her victims.
Mother of three Jeffs was jailed for five years last March after she was convicted of eight frauds and two thefts.
The crimes earned her more than £160,000 to fund a life of luxury. She enjoyed two foreign holidays a year and planned to blow £2,000 on a lavish 50th birthday party and £7,000 on plastic surgery.
As well as stealing from Mrs Bull's savings, Jeffs pretended to be the long-lost daughter of retired engineer Geoffrey Mansfield, another resident at the home, in a sinister bid to inherit £300,000 from the 82-year-old's £760,000 estate. She even faked a DNA test and altered her birth records when Mr Mansfield's family challenged her claims.