Man admits fraud following Grenfell Tower fire

A man has pleaded guilty to fraud relating to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Mohammed Syed Rinku, aged 46, of no fixed abode appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday (9 October) and pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and seeking leave to remain via deception.

He was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for the fraud and 11 months for seeking leave to remain – both sentences to run concurrently.

Rinku claimed that he had been living in flat 204 of Grenfell Tower and had been in a relationship with the occupant. He also applied for leave to remain in the UK under the Grenfell Survivors Immigration Policy as he was an illegal immigrant in the UK.

However, it was established that Rinku was lying and he did not live in the tower. He was arrested on 10 September.

He admitted to fraudulently claiming money to the value of £5070.26. A confiscation order has been made to recover a sum of £4044.36 which was identified in his bank accounts.

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