Pair jailed for ‘par­a­sitic’ £100k fraud over Gren­fell

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY JEMMA CREW

TWO il­le­gal im­mi­grants who claimed more than £100,000 of sup­port meant for Gren­fell Tower fire sur­vivors in a “par­a­sitic fraud” have been jailed, po­lice have said.

Elaine Dou­glas and Tommy Brooks, who are Ja­maican na­tion­als, were put up in ho­tels for al­most a year be­fore staff at the Royal Bor­ough of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea (RBKC) re­alised the flat they claimed to live in on the 19th floor of the tower did not ex­ist.

The pair falsely claimed ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion and used pre­paid credit cards by pos­ing as vic­tims of the deadly blaze.

Dou­glas (51), who spent 276 nights in a ho­tel, was jailed for a to­tal of three years at Isle­worth Crown Court, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice said.

Brooks (52) re­ceived a sen­tence of three years and three months at the same court.

Po­lice quoted the judge who passed sen­tence as say­ing: “This was a par­a­sitic fraud in the wake of a hu­man catas­tro­phe.”

Sev­enty-two peo­ple died as a re­sult of the high-rise blaze on June 14 last year.

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