Grenfell fraudster pretended her husband died in fire to pocket Compensation
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She was found guilty following a trial at Southwark Crown Court of three counts of fraud against the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), the Hilton and charities respectively, and a further charge of possessing a false document.
Msokeri was not in court to hear the jury’s verdicts as she remains in hospital after being admitted on Monday for medical tests.
Judge Michael Grieve QC declined to sentence her in her absence, instead fixing a sentencing date for 6 April.
The defendant, of Ambleside Gardens, Sutton, south London, had repeatedly tried to frustrate justice by faking illnesses – including by using a wheelchair for which she had no medical need.
She was eventually admitted to hospital for tests towards the end of the case but the trial continued in her absence.
Seventy-one people died when a fire ravaged the high-rise residential building on June 14 last year.
She also claimed to police that her missing husband appeared in footage recovered from the blaze showing the final moments of two men and two women, even though both men had been identified by their own families.
In his closing speech, prosecutor David Jeremy QC said: ‘What the evidence demonstrates is that she committed these crimes through greed and she got away with it for a certain amount of time through her skill at manipulation.’
The defendant created three different personas for her non-existent husband in a bid to claim compensation, eventually persuading a man with a history of mental health problems to pose as her spouse so she could claim he had miraculously been found weeks after the fire.
The court heard she had filled 10 suitcases with new goods taken from the store set up to help survivors and applied for a number of phones and laptops.