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Grenfell Tower fire: Woman 'claimed husband had died and son was in hospital' to claim £10,000 survivors' aid

Joyce Msokeri is charged with seven counts of fraud relating to the Grenfell disaster and appeared in court on Tuesday (September 5)

A woman fraudulently claimed £10,000 from money set aside to help Grenfell Tower survivors by claiming her husband had died in the disaster, a court has been told.

Joyce Msokeri, of Ambleside Gardens, Sutton, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (September 5) charged with seven counts of fraud by false representation.

She is also alleged to have claimed to have a child in intensive care following the blaze earlier this year, in which “around 80” people died.

Msokeri was arrested on July 26, and is due to next appear in custody at Southwark Crown Court on October 3.

Grenfell Tower(Image: PA)

The charges allege she made false representations to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for money and accommodation at the Hilton hotel, to charities in order to obtain clothing and food, to hospitals that she was the wife of a patient, and also made false representations to HMRC and a GP surgery in Kensington and Chelsea.

Sending the case to crown court, District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe said: “It is a substantial amount of money.”

In July a man denied pretending his family died in the Grenfell Tower fire to get almost £10,000 from the victim relief fund.

Anh Nhu Nguyen, 52 and from Beckenham, entered pleas of not guilty on two counts of fraud by false representation when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court.

His trial is expected to take place at Southwark Crown Court in the week beginning December 4.

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, has also warned residents to be aware of tricksters using the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy to con unsuspecting victims into buying services or goods to protect their homes from fire.

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