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People lost their homes, all their possessions and tragically their families and loved ones.'Not only did Nguyen take money, housing and clothing intended for genuine victims, he diverted police time and resources away from those who most needed it.'We will investigate anyone who we think is fraudulently profiting from the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.' Kate Mulholland from the CPS said: 'Nguyen's deceit in the aftermath of such a catastrophic loss of life was breath-taking.'He was willing to lie again and again, adapting his story when it was questioned, in order to profit from the huge aid efforts and outpouring of sympathy for true victims.'At one point he claimed to have lived in a flat where the sole occupant had died.He also gave TV interviews in which he described the harrowing experience of escaping from the flat he had lived in for 20 years and losing his wife and son.'CCTV showed that the day after the fire he was at a housing charity nine miles away in Whitechapel appearing happy and light hearted and his mobile phone was located at his home in Beckenham.'The selfishness and manipulation Nguyen showed has horrified those whose job it is to help the true victims of Grenfell Tower.' Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: 'It is disgraceful.I wipe my slick palms against the thigh of my jeans, gnawing nervously on my thumb’s shredded hang nail. What’s it like to date again after you are widowed? And, to be frank, I had zero interest in ever being in it again. I fumbled, made some mistakes, and, yes, had some fun too. So for all of you aching to know and just too , scared to ask, I will now attempt to answer all those taboo questions with as much honesty as I can muster. Like many widows out there, I was out of the dating game for a long, long time. I bypassed the entire “dating” phase of life and essentially went straight from high school to married so learning to cope with members of the opposite sex in a dating situation was beyond my comprehension at first. I am waiting for the proverbial poop to hit the fan. They can simply spy through the blinds across the street or stalk her house at all hours of the night pretending they were “just stopping by to say hi”. I sit back down, slide my laptop over, hit refresh. In a world of social media and worldwide gossip, neighbours no longer need to walk three miles to gossip about the love life of the local widow.The judge added: 'The ramifications for those people who are genuinely affected by this awful tragedy are very considerable indeed.'This defendant has engaged in what the court can only describe as, if he pleads guilty, a despicable offence - namely claiming that he and his family lived in Grenfell Tower and that his wife and son died in it.
Nguyen was the subject of a conditional discharge at the time of the Grenfell frauds, having been recently freed from a court for another offence.'He then gave another address of another flat, there are other people who live in that flat who have confirmed that.'The prosecutor added: 'Police officers were assigned because he was treated as a victim and when questioned in detail this fraud unravelled.'The family of the victim who lived at one of the addresses was caused 'significant distress' after being questioned by police as a result of the fraud.Speaking after today's court hearing, Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Bonner added: 'The distress and suffering caused to so many that night in June is harrowing.The serial fraudster - who had never lived in the tower block and had neither a wife or children - even shook Prince Charles's hand when the royal visited a relief centre set up in the wake of the disaster, which killed more than 80 people.The Vietnam-born 52-year-old was handed around £12,500 from charities and Kensington and Chelsea Council during his two-week scam.