Alleged fraudster, 46, ‘got more than £10,000 from Grenfell survivors fund after lying that her husband had been killed in tower block blaze and her child was fighting for life’
Joyce Msokeri, 46, of Sutton, to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today
She was charged with six counts of fraud linked to worst fire in modern history
By Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter For Mailonline
5 September 2017
A woman falsely claimed her husband died in the Grenfell Tower fire so she could get £10,000 and two nights in a five-star hotel, a court heard today.
Joyce Msokeri, 46, also allegedly lied about her son being in intensive care after the worst fire in modern history where at least 89 people lost their lives in June.
Msokeri, whose home address in Sutton is 12 miles from Grenfell, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court today appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today.
She did not enter a plea and a judge remanded her in custody for her own safety to appear at Southwark Crown Court on October 3.
Prosecutors allege she falsely claimed that she managed to flee the blaze and that her husband died in the tower inferno while her son was badly injured.
The court heard Msokeri made substantial claims on the basis she was a survivor of the fire, including £10,000.
The charges allege she made false representations to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for money and accommodation at the Hilton hotel.
She also allegedly went to charities in order to obtain clothing and food, to hospitals to say 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.
‘It is in circumstances where it is akin to a fraud on a vulnerable person who has been injured.
‘It is similar to that in that of course there is a finite pot and the more that is taken out illegally, the less there is for those that deserve it.’
Msokeri was arrested on July 25 and charged yesterday.
In July a Vietnamese-born man appeared in court where he denied trying to swindle £10,000 worth of cash and goods by falsely claiming he lost his wife and son in the Grenfell Tower fire.
He is also accused of trying to get a British passport after claiming his old one was lost in the blaze.
Suspected fraudster Anh Nhu Nguyen, 52, allegedly tried to scam a council and charities out of cash, clothing, food and electronic goods by pretending he had lost his home.
Southwark Crown Court heard he posed as a victim of the deadly blaze in North Kensington – which left at least 80 people dead – for nearly two weeks and was put up in a Holiday Inn.
Grey-haired Nguyen, originally from Vietnam, was arrested last month and charged with two counts of fraud by false representation.
Nguyen was refused bail for his own safety – given the public anger over the incident which happened at the west London tower block on June 14.
He still claims he was in the tower block on the night of the fire, and the interviews he gave to the media were true, the court heard.
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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