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Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks claimed they lived on the 19th flooring of Grenfell Tower

Two unlawful immigrants have been jailed for fraudulently claiming £125,000 in aid prices by falsely posing as victims of the Grenfell Tower hearth.

Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks have been put up in motels after claiming they lived on the 19th flooring of the block.

They have been caught when council staff found their flat didn’t exist, Isleworth Crown Courtroom heard.

The pair, each aged 51, pleaded responsible to 2 counts of fraud by false illustration.

In addition they admitted one depend of acquiring depart to stay within the UK by deception.

Brooks was sentenced to a few years and three months in jail, whereas Douglas was sentenced to a few years.

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Seventy-one folks died within the west London tower block hearth on 14 June final yr

The court docket heard the 2 Jamaican nationals, of no mounted tackle, have been put up in motels for nearly a yr and handed pre-paid credit score and journey playing cards, all paid for by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Douglas and Brooks have been additionally each housed within the Radisson Blu resort in Kensington.

Douglas claimed a complete £67,123.35 of aid supposed for victims of the fireplace. She spent 276 nights within the Radisson Blu in Kensington, costing the council greater than £55,000.

The 51-year-old additionally spent greater than £11,000 on a pre-paid bank card she was given when she complained in regards to the resort’s meals.

Brooks claimed £58,396.89 of aid and stayed within the Radisson Blu and one other resort for 243 nights. He additionally spent greater than £9,000 of costs on a bank card.

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Douglas and Brooks each stayed within the Radisson Blu resort in Kensington

The court docket heard Brooks and Douglas had managed to keep away from immigration authorities for 16 years after getting into the UK illegally within the early 2000s.

Det Supt Matt Bonner, of the Metropolitan Police’s specialist Grenfell Tower unit, known as their actions as “really appalling”.

He mentioned: “Not solely have their actions exploited the help and assist supposed for these most affected, however additionally they threat misrepresenting the Grenfell group as they proceed to attempt to come to phrases with their grief.”


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