A man who falsely claimed to have been a Grenfell Tower resident made homeless by the fire has been jailed for five years.
Moses Ettienne, 49, claimed nearly £50,000 in hotel accommodation and sustenance after claiming he had resided in the tower at the time of the fire.
He refused to provide details of the flat he was claiming to live in to the police because of “national security”.
Ettienne claimed he was engaged in “top secret” work with foreign governments on renewable energy, and that the flat may still contain “top secret Government files”.
He even tried to claim he was afforded diplomatic immunity because of his government work.
In reality he held no diplomatic status in the UK, and while he had created two renewable energy companies, both were now closed.
The court heard that he was in fact a second hand vintage clothes stall holder.