Fake Grenfell survivor who conned charities and relief fund out of emergency cash convicted of fraud offences

02/11/2017

A fraudster who falsely claimed he was a survivor of the Grenfell tower fire in order to claim money intended for true victims has been convicted.

Anh Nhu Nguyen, 52, was convicted of three fraud offences at Southwark Crown Court today (02 November).

He had been given £12,500, hotel accommodation, food, clothing and laptops after he claimed to be a Grenfell resident.

Nguyen was arrested and charged on 28 June after other Grenfell residents and housing workers raised concerns about his story, and it was discovered he had been living in Beckenham and had never lived in Grenfell.

Kate Mulholland from the CPS said: "Nguyen's deceit in the aftermath of such a catastrophic loss of life was breath-taking.

"He was willing to lie again and again, adapting his story when it was questioned, in order to profit from the huge aid efforts and outpouring of sympathy for true victims.

"At one point he claimed to have lived in a flat where the sole occupant had died. He also gave TV interviews in which he described the harrowing experience of escaping from the flat he had lived in for 20 years and losing his wife and son.

"CCTV showed that the day after the fire he was at a housing charity nine miles away in Whitechapel appearing happy and light hearted and his mobile phone was located at his home in Beckenham.

"The selfishness and manipulation Nguyen showed has horrified those whose job it is to help the true victims of Grenfell Tower."

Nguyen will be sentenced on 15 December 2017.

Notes:

  1. Kate Mulholland is a Specialist Prosecutor in the London CPS Complex Casework Unit.
  2. Nguyen (dob 04/11/1964) admitted:
    • Fraud. Between 17 June 2017 and 29 June 2017 dishonestly and intending to make a gain for himself, namely money and accommodation, made representations to representatives of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea which he knew were untrue, that he was a resident of Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017
    • Fraud. Between 17 June 2017 and 20 June 2017 dishonestly and intending to make a gain for himself, namely food, clothing, footwear and electronic equipment, made representations to charities that he was a resident of Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017
    • Making an untrue statement for the purpose of obtaining a passport, made a statement he knew was untrue to procure a passport for himself that he had lost his passport in a fire at Grenfell Tower