Conman pleads guilty to £12,500 Grenfell fire fraud

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Nov 03, 2017
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Anh Nhu Nguyen was pictured with the Prince of Wales, who was meeting victims of the disaster

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A serial conman has admitted to pretending his family died in the Grenfell Tower fire to obtain £12,500 intended for the victims.

Anh Nhu Nguyen, 52, even gave television interviews claiming that his wife and son were killed in the blaze in June and describing his harrowing escape.

He posed as a victim of the disaster for almost two weeks, being photographed with the Prince of Wales, and was given about £12,500 by charities and Kensington and Chelsea Council

Nguyen, of Beckenham, southeast London, pleaded guilty yesterday at Southwark crown court to two charges of fraud by false representation.

He showed no emotion as he entered his pleas through a translator and will be sentenced on December 15.

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