Man who claimed he lost family in Grenfell Tower charged with fraud

Anh Nhu Nguyen was charged over allegations he made false claims

Man who claimed he lost family in Grenfell Tower charged with fraud

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A man held on suspicion of fraudulently claiming to have lost family members in the Grenfell Tower disaster in London has been charged.

Anh Nhu Nguyen has been charged with five counts of fraud over allegations he made false claims, Scotland Yard said.

Officers said the 52-year-old, of no fixed abode, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today.

At least 80 people are feared to have died in the Grenfell fire, with police warning they may not know the full death toll until the end of the year.

Earlier, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said: "The distress and suffering caused to so many families and loved ones that night is harrowing.

"I have made it clear that we are not interested in investigating things such as sub-letting or immigration matters as I want their help and do not want there to be any hidden victims of this tragedy.

"However, we will robustly investigate any information about anyone who seeks to capitalise on the suffering of so many."