Grenfell fraudster convicted after falsely claiming he was related to family who died in fire
UPDATE: On 20 November, Sharif Elouahabi was jailed for six years.
A Grenfell fraudster has been convicted after falsely claiming he was related to a family who died in the fire and saying that he had been living with them.
Sharif Elouahabi, 38, admitted his guilt today [5 November] as his trial at Isleworth Crown Court was due to begin.
Elouahabi had presented himself as a resident of the Grenfell tower and was placed in emergency accommodation in a hotel by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea while they found him somewhere to live.
During that time he received £89,827 worth of accommodation, and £13,648.60 cash from an account provided to Elouahabi to allow him to pay for his food.
Elouahabi also claimed for a new home which would have cost the council another £14,730 in rent, council tax, utilities and furniture if it had gone ahead.
Damaris Lakin, of the CPS, said: "Sharif Elouahabi knowingly misled the teams dealing with the tragedy of the Grenfell fire. He was provided with emergency accommodation for a year, and when his deceit was uncovered he tried to persuade a relative to lie for him.
"The relatives of the people who he said he had been staying with were forced to refute his claims, causing them extreme distress.
"We hope this late guilty plea goes some way to comforting them."
Notes to editors
- Damaris Lakin is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the London CPS Complex Casework Unit
- Sharif Elouahabi [DOB: 02/08/1980] admitted Fraud between 13 June 2017 and 25 June 2018