Woman in court accused of lying about losing her home in Grenfell Tower fire
A woman has appeared in court accused of falsely claiming to have lost her home in the Grenfell Tower fire in a series of alleged frauds totalling nearly £400,000.
Salma Said allegedly lied about being a resident of the high-rise block on the night of the blaze that killed 72 people in June 2017.
The 48-year-old of Hammersmith and Fulham, west London, is also accused of making a dishonest claim relating to the Right to Buy housing scheme in Barnet in September 2017.
She attended Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday facing six counts of fraud by false representation between 2014 and 2018 totalling £389,500.
Another woman, 35-year-old Rawda Said, of Kensington and Chelsea, west London, appeared alongside her charged with assisting an offender by providing a statement that backed up her story.
Along with the two women in the dock were three others said to be linked to parts of the alleged offending.
Nura Abdulkader, 40, of Hackney, east London, is accused of one count of fraud for allegedly lying about living in Grenfell on 14 June 2017 in order to gain "housing and financial support".
Makrem Harzi, 38, of Kensington and Chelsea, west London, faces two counts of assisting an offender by allegedly providing statements supporting Said "with intent to impede (her) apprehension or prosecution".
William Inglebright, 62, of Hammersmith and Fulham, west London, is accused of one count of fraud for allegedly claiming to meet the relevant criteria for the Help to Buy scheme in Barnet in May 2017 in order to be granted an equity loan.
All five were bailed to next appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 27 March.