A serial conman has admitted pretending that his family died in the Grenfell Tower fire to obtain about £12,500 that was intended for genuine victims.
Anh Nhu Nguyen gave television interviews describing his harrowing escape and the loss of his wife and son in the fire on June 14. He posed as a victim for almost two weeks and was photographed with the Prince of Wales when he met survivors.
Nguyen, 52, showed no emotion as he pleaded guilty through a translator to two charges of fraud by false representation at Southwark crown court yesterday. He will be sentenced on December 15.
It is thought that about 80 people were killed in the fire, which devastated the 24-storey building and left scores homeless.
Nguyen was thought to be among them and was given a hotel room, clothing, food and electrical items, as well as cash from Kensington and Chelsea council and charities.
Then again, this probably is the right way to do it. Immediate aftermath of a disaster, just hand out the goodies to everyone without checking claims. Tighten the net as time goes on.
If we’re handing out bottled water when the mains go down we’re not going to insist that people prove they’re really thirsty, are we?