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The serial fraudster - who had never lived in the tower block and had neither a wife or children - even shook Prince Charles's hand when the royal visited a relief centre set up in the wake of the disaster, which killed more than 80 people.The Vietnam-born 52-year-old was handed around £12,500 from charities and Kensington and Chelsea Council during his two-week scam. I am waiting for the proverbial poop to hit the fan. They can simply spy through the blinds across the street or stalk her house at all hours of the night pretending they were “just stopping by to say hi”. I sit back down, slide my laptop over, hit refresh. In a world of social media and worldwide gossip, neighbours no longer need to walk three miles to gossip about the love life of the local widow.It was later revealed that he was a serial fraudster with 17 aliases and 28 previous convictions.
He also gave TV interviews in which he described the harrowing experience of escaping from the flat he had lived in for 20 years and losing his wife and son.'CCTV showed that the day after the fire he was at a housing charity nine miles away in Whitechapel appearing happy and light hearted and his mobile phone was located at his home in Beckenham.'The selfishness and manipulation Nguyen showed has horrified those whose job it is to help the true victims of Grenfell Tower.' Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: 'It is disgraceful.
The judge added: 'The ramifications for those people who are genuinely affected by this awful tragedy are very considerable indeed.'This defendant has engaged in what the court can only describe as, if he pleads guilty, a despicable offence - namely claiming that he and his family lived in Grenfell Tower and that his wife and son died in it.
As a result of which he received goods or money to the value of £12,500, money which would otherwise have gone to the people who were genuinely affected by this appalling tragedy.'The judge continued: 'This defendant succeeded in achieving money out of the misery and tragedy of people who, unlike this defendant if he pleads guilty, genuinely suffered by this terrible fire.'Nguyen was born in Vietnam, has been in the UK since the 1980s, is a British citizen and has 17 aliases.
He has 28 previous convictions for 56 offences spanning more than 30 years, including theft, dishonest offences, arson and grievous bodily harm.
Nguyen was the subject of a conditional discharge at the time of the Grenfell frauds, having been recently freed from a court for another offence.
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