Woman charged with fraud over Grenfell Tower fire

A woman has been charged with fraudulently claiming funds intended for the survivors of the Grenfell blaze.

Joyce Msokeri, from Sutton in south London, allegedly claimed her husband died in the tower block fire and obtained more than £10,000 allocated for victims.

It is alleged she also falsely claimed to have a child in intensive care following the west London blaze in June.

At least 80 people died and dozens of homes were destroyed in the tragedy.

Msokeri, 46, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with seven counts of fraud.

The charges allege she made false representations to Kensington and Chelsea council for money and accommodation at the Hilton hotel.

She is also accused of making false representations to charities in order to obtain clothing and food, to hospitals that she was the wife of a patient, to HMRC and a GP surgery in Kensington and Chelsea.

District judge Elizabeth Roscoe has sent the case to crown court.

Msokeri was arrested on 26 July and will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on 3 October.

Anybody with any information about fraud being committed is asked to contact the police team investigating the fire on 0800 032 4539.