Two J’cans jailed for £125k Grenfell Tower fraud
Two Jamaicans, who claimed more than £125,000 in support, which was meant for the Grenfell Tower fire survivors have been sentenced.
Elaine Douglas, 51, and Tommy Brooks, 52, reportedly received £125,000 after they claimed they were Grenfell victims and had been staying with friends on the night of the fire.
According to the Independent, Douglas was jailed for a total of three years at Isleworth Crown Court, while Brooks received a sentence of three years and three months at the same court.
Douglas was housed at a hotel in Kensington for 276 nights at a cost of just over £55,000 and after complaining about the food in the hotel, she was given a pre-paid credit card, running up charges of more than £11,000.
She reportedly had a pre-paid Oyster card so she could travel free of charge.
In the meantime, Brooks spent 243 nights in hotel accommodation, costing the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea more than £49,000.
He racked up charges of £9,000 on a pre-paid credit card and was also given an Oyster card.
The accommodation, plus financial support, added up to £67,125.35 for Douglas and £58,396.89 for Brooks.
It has been reported that 72 people died as a result of the high-rise blaze on June 14 last year.