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Six years for £100,000 Grenfell swindler who posed as relative

Jailed: Sharife Elouahabi PICTURE: PA

A FRAUDSTER who falsely claimed £103,000 from the Grenfell disaster fund has been jailed for six years.

Sharife Elouahbi, 38, pocketed benefits intended for victims by claiming his relatives died in the fire.

He was due to receive resettlement payments worth another £14,730 before the fraud was discovered, a court was told.

Det Con Ben Rouse, who led the investigation, said: ‘Elouahbi shamelessly took advantage of the efforts to rehouse people by claiming his link to one of the flats.’

Elouahbi lied that he was living with Faouzia, 42, and Abdulaziz El-Wahabi, 52, who died alongside their three children on the 21st floor. One of the children was known to him but he was not a relative of the family.

In a statement, Abdulaziz’s sister Hanan El-Wahabi said: ‘This fraud has just added to the pain. His actions are a stain on all those who died in the terrible incident.’

Elouahbi was given £300 a week to buy food and was put up in three different hotels, the court heard.

The career criminal, who once tried to sell stolen pictures of singer Will Young in drag to a newspaper, is the 13th person to be convicted over Grenfell frauds and claimed the most amount of money dishonestly.

Elouahbi, of Chelsea, west London, admitted one count of fraud at Isleworth crown court.