Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Swoop on Eight New Grenfell 'Fraudsters' 'They Are Fraudsters, Latching on to a Disaster for Their Own Means'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Swoop on Eight New Grenfell 'Fraudsters' 'They Are Fraudsters, Latching on to a Disaster for Their Own Means'

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

SCOTLAND Yard today arrested eight people suspected of falsely claiming tens of thousands of pounds by saying they were victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Police carried out early morning raids on several addresses in London in connection with an inquiry into fraudsters exploiting the tragedy.

The seven men and one woman are alleged to have claimed benefits and housing support.

Detective Superintendent Matt Bonner, who is leading the Grenfell criminal investigation, said police had been working with Kensington and Chelsea council on a number Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 of cases "that did not add up". He said: "These people are not part of the Grenfell community. They are fraudsters who are exploiting the community and latching on to a disaster for their own means. It is quite shocking."

The suspects are said to have falsely claimed PS20,000 to PS100,000 each in housing support and benefits.

So far, five people have been convicted of benefit claims made after the blaze on June 14 last year.

Last week, business student Mohammad Gamoota was jailed for 18 months after he pretended to be the son of a Grenfell Tower victim to claim PS7,000 and a free hotel stay.

Gamoota, 31, trawled a list of the dead before telling officials that his father was Abdeslam Sebbar, a man who died after becoming trapped in his flat. Gamoota said he had survived only because he was attending midnight prayers at his mosque when the inferno took hold.

He was not related to Mr Sebbar, 77, and did not live in Grenfell Tower, but took the details from a newspaper.

Det Supt Bonner said the criminal investigation was running parallel with the Grenfell Tower inquiry. He said police had identified 507 companies involved in the tower's construction or refurbishment but in recent months detectives had whittled this down to 36 companies who played a "significant part" in the refurbishment or had involvement in "relevant issues". …

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