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Man jailed for fraud offences relating to the Grenfell Tower fire

News   •   Jun 01, 2018 17:32 BST

Image: Mohammad Ali Gamoota

A man has been jailed for fraud offences relating to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Mohammad Ali Gamoota, 31 (21.09.86), of Aylesford Street, SW1 pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown today, Friday, 1 June, to two counts of fraud by false representation.

He was sentenced immediately afterwards to 18 months' imprisonment.

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017, Gamoota told council officers that he had lived on the 24th floor with his father who he claimed had died in the fire.

He was housed in hotel accommodation and received an initial payment of £500, having applied for an emergency relief payment of £5,000 given to victims of the fire.

Enquiries subsequently revealed that Gamoota's story was false and he did not live at Grenfell Tower, but at the time was residing in Croydon.

It was also discovered that his father lived abroad.

He was arrested on 12 October 2017 on suspicion of fraud. He was charged on Tuesday, 17 April.

Detective Superintendent Matt Bonner, the senior investigating officer for Operation Northleigh, said

"I have previously described the actions of those who exploited the tragedy for their own personal gain as truly appalling. Not only have their actions exploited the aid and support intended for those most affected, but they also risk misrepresenting the Grenfell community as they continue to try and come to terms with their grief.

"My thoughts remain with the Grenfell community at this difficult time, the genuine victims who should continue to be at the heart and centre of all we do."