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Grenfell Tower: woman found guilty of fraud

GRENFELL: Many people lost their homes, possessions and family members and friends during the blaze

A WOMAN who pretended to be a resident in the Grenfell Tower fire has been convicted of three counts of fraud today.

Joyce Msokeri appeared at Southwark Crown Court and was found guilty of three counts of fraud and one count of possession of an identity document with improper intention.

Detective constable Ismail Mattar, the investigating officer, said: "Msokeri’s actions in the aftermath of this horrific event are inexcusable. She claimed falsely that she had lost relatives to make sure she profited from the support intended for the true victims of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

"She went to great lengths to fabricate an elaborate story about her escape from the tower."

Msokeri, who is 46 years old, approached authorities in the immediate aftermath of the fire and claimed that she had been a resident of Grenfell Tower and had lost her husband and sister in law in the blaze.

As a result of her claims, the Sutton resident was assigned family liaison officers. She relayed a detailed account of how her her husband had gone to help his sister who was staying on another floor within the tower to police.

Her tale included the claim that her husband had given her a wet towel to shield her face and directed her to leave the building and get to safety. She also said that she did not see her husband or sister in law again.

Msokeri was provided with emergency funds and hotel accommodation after she claimed she lost all her property during the fire.

A police investigation highlighted striking inconsistencies in Msokeri’s story and after looking into her movements prior to and in the aftermath of the fire, police uncovered telephone records showing that she could not have been in or near the Grenfell Tower at the time of the tragedy.

After tracing Msokeri to her actual address in Sutton, the location where she was living at the time of the fire, police established that she was not married and had no sister in law.

Detective chief superintendent Matt Bonner said: "The distress and suffering caused to so many that night in June is harrowing. People lost their homes, all their possessions, and tragically their families and loved ones. It is terrible that this individual should try to profit from the pain of others.

"Not only did Msokeri take money, housing and clothing intended for genuine victims, she diverted police resources away from those who most needed it.”

Anyone with any information about fraud being committed is asked to contact the team investigating the fatal fire at Grenfell Tower on 0800 032 4539.

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