The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

UK News Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £1million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat

05:20  12 march  2018
05:20  12 march  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Diamond merchants caught pulling off Nirav Modi-style heists. An India Today investigation

  Diamond merchants caught pulling off Nirav Modi-style heists. An India Today investigation Diamond merchants caught pulling off Nirav Modi-style heists. An India Today investigationThe investigation in the financial hub of Mumbai revealed how unscrupulous diamond merchants ship the same stocks back and forth to rip off government banks with inflated valuations in their books.

FRAUD investigators have been called in after a 15 -person family who received up to £ 1 million in public aid and three new homes claimed they all lived in Grenfell Tower .

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house!

a man standing in front of a fence: Masi Naqshbandi (pictured) is one of Britain's most notorious 'crash for cash' conmen © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Masi Naqshbandi (pictured) is one of Britain's most notorious 'crash for cash' conmen

Fifteen members of the same family are being investigated by fraud officers after receiving up to £1million in public funds by claiming they lived in a single flat in Grenfell Tower.

The Naqshbandi family, who are from Afghanistan, have been rehoused in at least three new homes in a luxury development furnished by John Lewis.

One family member is Masi Naqshbandi, one of Britain's most notorious 'crash for cash' conmen. 

He was jailed for more than seven years in 2012 after he and his gang were convicted of staging 250 crashes to make insurance claims worth £6.5million.

UK 'owes £2.4bn to EU' for unpaid customs duties

  UK 'owes £2.4bn to EU' for unpaid customs duties The European Commission has demanded more than £2.4bn from Britain over unpaid customs duties on cheap Chinese fashion imports. It relates to shoes and clothes that have arrived in UK ports from China since 2007.Their value was under-reported by importers to minimise the customs duties collected and subsequently paid to Brussels.The EU's anti-fraud office, OLAF, found that UK authorities took no action despite being informed of the risk of customs evasion and asked to take appropriate measures.Failing to stamp out the "undervaluation fraud scheme" meant a loss to the EU budget of €2.7bn (£2.

Fraud investigators have been called in after 15 members of the same family received public aid worth up to £1m and at least three new homes by claiming they lived in a single flat destroyed by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house!

Masi, 33, used the proceeds to fund a lavish lifestyle, which included a holiday at the seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. 

His sentence was reduced to six years on appeal and he was freed in 2015.

Last September he met Prince William at the launch of a support centre for survivors of the Grenfell fire on June 14 last year, which killed 72 people.

The Naqshbandi family claim that a three-bedroom flat on the third floor of the tower was their main residence before the fire.

Those saying they lived in the flat include a couple and six adult children, at least three of whom have partners and a young child each. 

However, only four names are believed to appear on the original tenancy agreement. 

Concerns among Kensington and Chelsea council officials grew when some of the relatives started listing the flat as their address on official documentation after the tragedy.

Grenfell firefighter's guilt over not being able to save more people

  Grenfell firefighter's guilt over not being able to save more people <p>A firefighter who spent the night battling the blaze at Grenfell Tower last June speaks to Sky News Correspondent Charlotte Lomas on the condition of anonymity about what happened.</p>Eerily quiet.

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house!

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house!

a view of a city: Fifteen relatives of the Naqshbandi family say they shared a three-bedroom flat on the third floor of Grenfell Tower before the June 14 fire © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fifteen relatives of the Naqshbandi family say they shared a three-bedroom flat on the third floor of Grenfell Tower before the June 14 fire

Fifteen relatives of the Naqshbandi family say they shared a three-bedroom flat on the third floor of Grenfell Tower before the June 14 fire

Two days after the fire, Masi registered the tower as the address on his son's birth certificate, almost a month after the birth.

Under council rules, adults who can prove they lived in the tower at the time of the blaze are each eligible for rehousing with their families, with all rent and utility bills waived until July 2019.

Before then, they are put up in hotels and given a weekly allowance of up to £300 to cover costs.

The family denies any wrongdoing, and officials accept some of the relatives have legitimately benefited from assistance.

Grenfell fraudster convicted of inventing fake husband to pocket compensation

  Grenfell fraudster convicted of inventing fake husband to pocket compensation Joyce Msokeri, who was single, told authorities she had escaped the devastating west London fire last year, but her husband had not survived.Joyce Msokeri, 47, told authorities she had escaped the devastating west London fire last year and her husband had died – but she was actually single and living miles away at the time.

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house!

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house!

But the surprisingly large number of claimants involved in the case has led the council to begin a fraud investigation. It is understood that some of the evidence has been passed to police.

Officials feel there are many bereaved Grenfell survivors still living in hotels and other emergency accommodation who are more deserving of help.

'Cash for crash' conman who met Prince William after Grenfell fire  

Masi Naqshbandi, who met Prince William at the opening of a Grenfell support centre in September, was the ringleader of a London-based organised crime gang which perpetrated one of Britain's biggest 'cash for crash' frauds.

In 2007 and 2008 he organised and staged 260 fraudulent accidents in an attempt to defraud the insurance industry of £6.5million.

The gang would submit fraudulent personal injury, damage, car hire and storage claims under the guise of a legitimate accident management company named Real Accident Helpline. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Masi Naqshbandi (pictured left) met Prince William (right) at the opening of a Grenfell support centre in September © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Masi Naqshbandi (pictured left) met Prince William (right) at the opening of a Grenfell support centre in September

In some cases vehicles were deliberately damaged to mimic an accident, while in others claims were fabricated by presenting false paperwork.

Spanish authorities want Xabi Alonso jailed for tax fraud

  Spanish authorities want Xabi Alonso jailed for tax fraud Spanish prosecutors are calling for former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso to be sent to jail for eight years for tax fraud. The Spanish Tax Agency set out their case against the Spaniard for image rights fraud, an allegation he strongly denies. The case against the former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid star was originally closed but allegations of another suspected tax fraud have led to a judge in Madrid ordering for a new investigation. According to reports from Spain, Alonso and his financial advisors have been accused of hiding money in an offshore account to avoid paying tax. Unlike other high profile footballers, such as another former Red, Javier Mascherano, who accepted charges of fraud and negotiated a repayment plan to avoid a term in jail, Alonso has always maintained his innocence and has no plans to plead guilty to the charges against him. If found guilty, Alonso and his his advisors face spending eight years in prison.

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house! Clueless Crufts contender misses jumps

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house!

All of the claims raked in tens of thousands of pounds, helping to fund Naqshbandi's lavish lifestyle.

Police investigated after one insurer alerted the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

In 2012 Naqshbandi was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for conspiracy to defraud. He was freed in 2015. Co-conspirator Sabaoon Hillaman received four years and ten months in prison.

Members of the Naqshbandi family have been given at least three new flats in a housing block set aside for Grenfell survivors at Kensington Row, a high-end development in West London.

At least one relative remains in a four-star hotel near Regent's Park – although the booking is under Masi Naqshbandi's name.

An uncle from Afghanistan is also receiving taxpayer-funded aid from the council. He is said to have registered his driving licence at the Grenfell flat last month, eight months after the fire.

One of the siblings, convicted of gang-related violence, has been linked to an address in South London. Three family members were thought to have been in Australia at the time of the inferno.

Masi, his partner Mojda Habib, 30, and their son have recently been moved into a new flat.

When told his and his partner's names appear on an electoral roll dated December 2017 at his in-laws' address in Harrow in North London, he said it was an address he gave for legal reasons for 'overnight stays' and 'day visits' from jail.

Unarmed gardaí posted outside the homes of gangland targets having safety reviewed

  Unarmed gardaí posted outside the homes of gangland targets having safety reviewed There have been calls to introduce tasers for rank-and-file officers.Uniformed members of An Garda Síochána were placed outside some high-risk gangland targets this week due increased fears of a threat to the North Dublin based family.

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house! Clueless Crufts contender misses jumps

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . He'll be in the dog house!

He insisted this weekend that he and his partner were living in Grenfell Tower well before the fire and that he had documents to prove this. 

He said some relatives slept in the living room and shared bedrooms, but admitted that the entire family did not stay in the flat at the same time.

'We've got evidence that we've been registered with Kensington and Chelsea Council for 20 years when [my family] first moved to this country,' he told the Sunday Times. 

'They've moved us like a football – east, west, north, south and even to Coventry – but they finally gave my family this council house [in Grenfell] in July 2016, by which time all the children were grown up.'

EIGHT fraud cases have been  linked to Grenfell Tower disaster  

Scotland Yard has investigated at least eight cases of fraud in connection with the Grenfell Tower fire.

In one case, a Vietnamese illegal immigrant pretended his wife and 12-year-old son were killed in the blaze so he could receive charity handouts.

Anh Nhu Nguyen was comforted by Prince Charles after he claimed he had lost sight of his family in a smoke-filled stairwell.

The 53-year-old pocketed £11,270 from charities and Kensington and Chelsea Council. He was put up in hotels and given clothing, laptops and cash.

But after giving tearful interviews about his escape, it emerged that he was a convicted fraudster with 17 aliases who actually lived 12 miles away in Beckenham, South-East London. 

a view of a city: Msokeri is accused of claiming to have lived in the tower block in west London to scam charities, the Hilton Hotel chain, and the local council out of help meant for survivors © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Msokeri is accused of claiming to have lived in the tower block in west London to scam charities, the Hilton Hotel chain, and the local council out of help meant for survivors

He had 28 previous convictions for 56 offences spanning more than 30 years, including theft, dishonesty, arson and grievous bodily harm.

Family buys £16m 'paradise' island for 'own use'

  Family buys £16m 'paradise' island for 'own use' A Spanish island described as an "unspoiled paradise" and which boasts a 13-bedroom house, chapel and watchtower, has been bought by a family from Luxembourg for €18m (£16m) "for their own use".For decades tourists have been flocking to s'Espalmador - located in the Balearic Islands between Formentera and Ibiza - to enjoy its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, picturesque coves and famed mud baths.

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . Woman, 20, who ripped out her eyes while high on meth has been pictured smiling a month after she blinded herself in horror ordeal.

Fraud probe into 15 members of the same family who netted £ 1 million in public funds after claiming they stayed in the same Grenfell Tower flat . 'Should have let it drown!' Monster tarantula clinging to a branch to avoid raging floods is rescued by a VERY brave woman.

Nguyen applied for a new passport by claiming his had been incinerated. Last month he was jailed for 21 months after admitting two counts of fraud by false representation and one of making an untrue statement to obtain a passport.

Last week survivor Eamon Zada, 35, was given a 12-week suspended prison sentence after the remains of his cannabis oil factory were found in the burnt-out block. 

He admitted one count of being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Masi's father-in-law Amrullah Habib told the Daily Mail: 'He lived in Grenfell. He lived here temporarily because they are from Grenfell. Before, they lived everywhere. Very far away. I cannot remember their address or their area.'

Asked how long his son-in-law had been living in Grenfell Tower, he said: 'Maybe a few months. He isn't living here.'

Kim Taylor-Smith, deputy leader of the council, said: 'Fraud is an issue the council takes very seriously, not just because taxpayers' money is being used to support people, but because genuine survivors and bereaved families have raised concerns with us.

'Where officers have doubts, they report it, and then investigations take place. Investigating and proving any type of fraud always takes time. 

'It is hugely important that public perception of survivors and bereaved is not tarnished by the acts of a very small minority.'

Scotland Yard said it would investigate 'anyone who we think is fraudulently profiting from the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower'.

Computer imaging used to recreate Grenfell Tower fire .
Sky News has been given exclusive access to a interactive 3D model of the Grenfell Tower which aims to provide an unrivalled understanding of the fire that killed 71 people.  The team of architects, designers and academic researchers are called Forensic Architecture and they focus on investigating human rights violations throughout the world. Grenfell is their first project in the UK.The agency has scoured TV footage of the night, mobile phone data and witness testimony to recreate what people would have seen and heard and has used this to build a minute-by-minute account of the fire, covering eight hours.

Source: http://uk.pressfrom.com/news/uk-news/-242856-fraud-probe-into-15-members-of-the-same-family-who-netted-1million-in-public-funds-after-claiming-they-stayed-in-the-same-grenfell-tower-flat/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!