Grenfell fraudster ‘couldn’t prove he lived in tower’ due to ‘top secret’ job

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A Grenfell fraudster who claimed he couldn’t say where he lived in the tower because he had a ‘top secret’ government job has been jailed.

Moses Ettiene, 49, pocketed nearly £50,000 meant for Grenfell Tower survivors and gave a flat number that didn’t exist before trying to cover it up by claiming he was an undercover government researcher.

Ettiene, from Southall in west London, was sentenced to five years at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday after being convicted of one count of fraud.

Moses Ettiene has been locked up for five years (Picture: PA)
Some 72 people and a stillborn baby died in the fire (Picture: AP)

He once lived in the tower but moved out years before the deadly blaze on June 14, 2017.

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Evidence during the trial showed he actually ran a second-hand clothes stall, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Ettiene, of Southall, west London, netted a total of £47,415.75 worth of sustenance and accommodation at the Park Plaza Hotel.

During the trial, Ettiene said he refused to give police his flat number because he was ‘bound by secrecy’.

He said he was unsure whether or not his collection of ‘secret’ files was destroyed in the fire, which killed 72 people.

Ettiene had previously lived in the tower but moved out years before the blaze (Picture: AFP)

Ettiene told jurors: ‘Some of the files I stored were in the flat and because I can’t confirm whether they have been destroyed or not, I am not able to disclose the flat, the location of that flat, the people I lived with, or anything about that.’

Ettiene’s other claims included that he was afforded diplomatic immunity as a result of him being attached to the US Mission in Geneva.

He actually held no diplomatic status in the UK and two businesses he had previously registered with Companies House were closed due to a lack of trading.

Ettiene was arrested and charged in September 2018 after making the false claims to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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