Grenfell fraudster sentenced to four years in prison after committing £90k fraud

Abdelkarim Rekeya

Abdelkarim Rekeya. Image: Metropolitan Police/PA

Friday, November 30, 2018

A 28-year-old man who pretended to be a victim of the Grenfell Tower disaster has been jailed for four years and six months.

Abdelkarim Rekaya committed fraud of nearly £90,000, enjoying 209 nights in a four-star hotel before being provided with a flat in Chelsea, and living rent-free until July this year.

He had claimed to be a resident of the tower, and said he was present on the night of the blaze.

Hotel costs came to more than £60,000, with the cost to cover his studio flat in Chelsea amounting to almost £3,000.



Police said the total cost of the flat amounted to £15,895.77 including furniture, electrical goods and bills.

The court heard that Mr Rekaya had at one stage requested a transaction history of all his prepaid cards "to check if his Netflix subscription was being paid for".

Mr Rekaya, from Tunisia, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and obtaining leave to remain by deception at Isleworth Crown Court.

He was jailed for four years for fraud and a further six months for the second charge relating to his right to remain in the UK.