Man who claimed to be London fire victim arrested for fraud

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Posted: Jun 29, 2017 1:18 PM

LONDON (AP) — British police have arrested a man for falsely claiming that his family died in the London apartment tower fire.

The Metropolitan Police force said Thursday that the 52-year-old man was detained on suspicion of fraud.

The force says the man told authorities his wife and son died in the June 14 blaze at Grenfell Tower, which killed at least 80 people. Police say he tried to claim financial compensation, saying he had lost all his possessions.

An investigation found that he lived in another part of London and did not have a wife or son.

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Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the suffering of real victims was "harrowing," and police would "robustly investigate any information about anyone who seeks to capitalize on the suffering of so many."