THE scheming couple exploited the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy for their own gain after 71 people lost their lives in the blaze.
But who were the fraudsters, how much did they spend and what was said in court? Here’s what we know.
Who are Grenfell fraudsters Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks?
Elaine Douglas, 51, and Tommy Brooks, 52, callously used the Grenfell Tower tragedy to line their own pockets.
The pair, Jamaican nationals who had lived in Britain illegally for 16 years, spent £120,000 of taxpayers’ money after falsely claiming they were victims of the fire.
Housed at the Four Star Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt in Kensington for eight months after the tragedy in June 2017, they racked up a staggering £20,000 debt on pre-paid credit cards they’d been issued.
Douglas even complained about the quality of the food at the four-star hotel – despite spending more than £267 on room service.
They were also given pre-paid Oyster cards so the could travel around London for free.
In total, Douglas spent 276 nights at the hotel, costing £55,000.
Brooks also started off at the Radisson Blu before being moved to another hotel. He spent 243 nights in hotel accommodation, costing the council more than £49,000.
He also racked up £276 on room service, and racked upu £9,000 on a pre-paid credit card.
What will happen to them?
The conniving couple were finally arrested when they gave investigators the number of the flat they said they were in at the time of the blaze – not realising it was on the floor below.
Speaking in Isleworth Crown Court, Prosecutor Benjamin Holt explained: “In essence they both eventually claimed to have been together at the time of the fire and they both then said they were residing at flat 91 on the 19th floor. In fact flat 91 is on the 18th floor…that is the link.”
They were arrested on May 1 on suspicion of fraud and were charged the following day.
Both pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court today to two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of seeking leave to remain in UK via deception.
The court also heard the couple arrived in the UK from Jamaica in 2002 and were booked on return flights home but failed to show up.
They also tried to take advantage of a scheme allowing residents of the tower to remain in the country for at least five years in case fears over immigration status prevented victims coming forward.
They have been remanded to be sentenced at the same court on Friday, July 13.
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