News 11 February 2018

Man jailed after being found guilty of Grenfell Tower fraud

11 February 2018

Anh Nhu Nguyen, from Beckenham, was sentenced to 21 months in prison after feigning that his wife and son died in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

The 53-year-old, who was pictured with Prince Charles when The Prince of Wales met survivors of the fire, was found out after he gave several different flat numbers in the tower. Some of numbers did not exist and one was where a real victim lived.

Before being rumbled Mr Nguyen was given a hotel room, clothes, food and electrical items. In court it was revealed one of the reasons Mr Nguyen lied was so he could receive £12,500 from funds meant for genuine victims of the fire.

A report on Mr Nguyen, compiled by a psychologist, found he had an “astonishingly low” IQ and made up the lies to “feel part of a group, to be looked after, wanted and welcome.”

In sentencing Judge Bartle said, “I do not accept that the acts were in some way an attempt to be part of a community and that you were in some way reaching out in order to be embraced by that community.

“You knew that you were taking advantage of these genuine victims at the terrible time of this terrible tragedy.”

Mr Nguyen had previously been found guilty of two counts of fraud, showed no remorse after being sentenced.