A MAN who claimed his sister and nephew died within the Grenfell Tower fireplace to get £35,000 payout is the 14th to be convicted of fraud over the lethal blaze.
Abolaji Onafuye, 54, claimed Zainab Deen, 32, who perished within the blaze was his sister and he was sharing a flat along with her.
Taxpayers in Kensington and Chelsea footed the £23,500 invoice for Onafuye’s keep on the four-star Grosvenor Resort in Buckingham Palace Street.
Onafuye obtained one other £13,000 in dwelling prices after he was moved to a flat in Hammersmith.
He later admitted he was not staying on the tower block and stated he will need to have been “hallucinating” when he claimed he was.
He then stated he was nonetheless due compensation as a result of he had seen individuals screaming for assist in the burning constructing.
However his cell website proof from his telephone confirmed he was nowhere close to he scene.
A jury at Isleworth Crown Courtroom convicted Onafuye of two counts of fraud by false illustration between June 21 final 12 months and June 7 this 12 months.
He had argued: “I used to be briefly insane as a result of I used to be fasting once I was arrested.”
Onafuye went to the Westway help centre on June 21 final 12 months and instructed volunteer, Rica Smirk he was staying in Flat 84.
He claimed Ms Den was his sister and her two 12 months outdated son Jeremiah was his nephew.
In courtroom he insisted the cell website proof which confirmed he was nowhere close to the flats will need to have been incorrect.
He stated: “I’m sorry for the households it occurred however one thing occurred to me too.
“I suffered psychological trauma. I suffered. Why do you assume that I hadn’t completed my college course. I suffered a depressive collapse.”
The courtroom additionally heard how Onafuye had registered his NatWest checking account to the deal with – however blamed a mistake by the financial institution as a result of “there was no motive, not rationale to do that”.
He might be sentenced on December 18.
Michael Phillips, of the CPS, stated: “Abolaji Onafuye had no connections to the Grenfell Tower tragedy however noticed a chance to learn himself, each financially and with lodging.
“Our prosecution was in a position to show he had repeatedly and deliberately lied and that his post-arrest story that it had all been an harmless mistake was simply an try to flee the implications of his merciless deception.”
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Detective Constable Carlos Araujo, who led the investigation, stated: “Onafuye shamelessly took benefit of the help being provided to those that had been straight affected by the Grenfell tragedy and he has constantly did not come clean with his deplorable actions.
“We are going to proceed to research and prosecute anybody who’s exploiting what occurred at Grenfell and our ideas stay with the true victims of this tragedy.”
Greater than a dozen others additionally used the tragedy for their very own achieve.
Con artist couple Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks who exploited the tragedy spending £120,000 of taxpayers’ cash and Jenny McDonagh who used survivors’ money to fund her personal life-style are only a handful of these convicted of fraud.
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