Council worker Jenny McDonagh admits to stealing from Grenfell victims

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Council worker Jenny McDonagh admits to stealing from Grenfell victims

It was money set aside for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster, and the families of those who died, but instead it was gambled away, and spent on lavish trips abroad.


Today Jenny McDonagh, a finance manager for Kensington and Chelsea Council admitted taking tens of thousands of pounds from the fund, and spending it on herself.


The 39-year-old pleaded guilty to two offences of fraud, one of theft and another of concealing criminal property at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday.

McDonagh, from Abbey Wood, south-east London, was first arrested on August 1 and used the stolen cards again two days later.

Prosecutor Robert Simpson described her as a "serial fraudster" who "lives beyond her means and gambles".

He said she used the stolen funds for a "trip to Dubai, Los Angeles, meals in expensive restaurants, hair appointments and personal luxuries for herself".


Seventy-two people died as a result of the fire on June 14 last year.


London Live's Luke Blackall has been following the case.


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