Elaine Douglas, 51, and Tommy Brooks, 52, both of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court today, Wednesday, 30 May, to two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of seeking leave to remain in UK via deception.
They have been remanded to be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 13 July.
Following the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017, Douglas and Brooks came forward and claimed they lived on the 19th floor of the tower. They informed authorities they were staying with friends on the night of the fire.
They were housed in hotel accommodation and received financial support to the values of – Douglas: £67,125.35 and Brooks: £58, 396.89
Enquiries subsequently revealed that their stories were false and they did not live at Grenfell Tower.
They were arrested on Tuesday, 1 May on suspicion of fraud and were charged the following day.