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Grenfell Tower fire Fraud: 52-year old man Nabbed for pretending to have lost “family and property” in tragedy

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, a 52-year old man has been arrested for allegedly pretending to be a resident at the building and claiming to have lost his family  in the tragedy with the hope of getting free financial support and new housing with other genuine victims.

According to the Met Polce, the suspect attempted to claim financial support stating that he had lost all his property in the tragedy that left 80 dead and made hundreds homeless. Due to inconsistencies in his stories, an investigation started and nearby residents confirmed to the police that the man did not live at the address he had claimed.

Investigation further revealed that the suspect did not have a wife or child as he had falsely claimed and he is said to have been working alone.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, who is leading the investigation into the fire that left around 80 dead, said: “The distress and suffering caused to so many families and loved ones that night is harrowing.

“That night people lost their homes, all their possessions and tragically their families and loved ones.

“The focus of all of us should be on supporting victims and families, recovering loved ones from Grenfell Tower and investigating the fire.

“I have made it clear that we are not interested in investigating things such as sub-letting or immigration matters as I want their help – and do not want there to be any hidden victims of this tragedy.

“However, we will robustly investigate any information about anyone who seeks to capitalise on the suffering of so many.”

The man was arrested and is in custody at a west London police station, but not in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

He was arrested on suspicion of fraud.

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