We’ve all heard of insurance fraud – from crash-for-cash to ghost broking and everything in between. Now a probe is ongoing as it relates to Grenfell Tower, with a family of 15, including one past insurance fraud perpetrator, questioned as to whether they were all victims of last year’s horrific blaze.
On top of the large number of family members who supposedly shared a single Grenfell Tower unit, other details casting a shadow on the claim’s legitimacy include the fact that some members listed the flat as their residence post-fire. A report by The Times said two actually have their names on the electoral roll at a Harrow address.
According to the report, at least three new flats and approximately £1 million in public aid have been granted to members of the Naqshbandi family as part of their Grenfell Tower claim. While some – possibly only four of them – are said to be legitimate beneficiaries of the government assistance, council officials are now looking into the matter.
“We have a number of fraud investigations under way and we have handed a number of cases to the police,” the Kensington and Chelsea council was quoted as saying. “We do not discuss case specifics or individual details as it may impact investigations or any subsequent prosecutions.
“We have clear policies in place for officers to follow when they think fraud has taken place and we will take action – including evictions – where necessary.”
Meanwhile Masi Naqshbandi, who had been jailed following a crash-for-cash conviction in 2012, and his family have denied wrongdoing. The report cited Naqshbandi’s fraud case, which involved a gang and 250 fake collisions.