Three men charged with £110,000 Grenfell benefit fraud

Friday, June 8, 2018

Three men have appeared in court charged with falsely claiming more than £110,000 in benefits connected to the Grenfell disaster.

Abdelkarim Rekaya, 28, Koffi Kouakou, 54, and Abolaji Onafuye, 54, all appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Rekaya, of Lots Road, Chelsea, faces one count of fraud by false representation amounting to approximately £60,000 and obtaining leave by deception. He was remanded in custody.

Onafuye, of Gorleston Street, Hammersmith, is charged with two counts of fraud amounting to £32,500 and was remanded in custody.

Kouakou, of Elizabeth Court, Chelsea, is charged with falsely claiming £24,572 and was released on conditional bail.

All three will appear before Isleworth Crown Court on July 6 where they are expected to enter pleas.