A London scammer tried get himself money and a place to live by claiming his phony family died in the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 80 people.
The unidentified man strolled into a police station some time after the June 14 fire ripped through most of the 24-story residential tower in the city’s Kensington section, the Bromley Times reported Thursday.
He said his wife and son perished as the blaze engulfed his Grenfell Tower apartment, destroying all of his possessions.
The man was looking for financial support and a place to live, the newspaper reported, something the government has promised those displaced by the fire.
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Investigators soon found that he didn’t have a wife, child or a Grenfell Towers home, the Bromley Times reported.
Residents also said he never lived in the apartment he claimed to have — not even in a sublet.
The man turned out to be from Bromley, a neighborhood almost 20 miles southeast of where the fire broke out.
Police arrested the man on Wednesday with suspicion of fraud, the Bromley Times reported.
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Metropolitan police superintendent Fiona McCormack said police would fully investigate people trying to scam the system.
“I have made it clear that we are not interested in investigating things such as sub-letting or immigration matters as I want their help — and do not want there to be any hidden victims of this tragedy,” she said, according to the Bromley Times.
“However, we will robustly investigate any information about anyone who seeks to capitalize on the suffering of so many.”
The total death count might not be known until the beginning of 2018, police have said, because of the difficulty identifying victims.
Frustration grew in the weeks after the fire, with many impacted residents concerned about where they would live.
British officials promised all would be relocated, and a full investigation into the fire would be conducted.
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