A former Grenfell Tower resident, who cashed in on the fatal fire by claiming £47,415 in accommodation and aid has been locked-up for five years.
Moses Ettienne, 49, was housed in a comfortable hotel and received other sustenance after lying he lived in the council tower block when it was gutted by the blaze.
Isleworth Crown Court heard he had moved out years earlier and even gave a non-existent flat door number to The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea when making his bogus claim.
He also refused to give the council and police details of the flat he claimed to live in.
Ettienne said this was due to his ‘top secret’ work with foreign governments on renewable energy and that the flat may still contain these classified government files.
He even tried to claim that as a result of his government work he was afforded diplomatic immunity due to his attachment to the US Mission in Geneva.
The reality was he held no diplomatic status in the UK.
Ettienne had created two renewable energy companies with Companies House, but both were closed after a year due to lack of trading.
Evidence showed that he was in fact a second hand vintage clothes stall holder.