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Council worker charged with Grenfell Tower fraud

Jenny McDonagh is due to appear before magistrates.

A woman who worked for Kensington and Chelsea Council has been charged with fraud offences after allegedly obtaining money intended for victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Jenny McDonagh is accused of obtaining cash meant for survivors of the tragedy and victims’ grieving family members.

The 39-year-old, from Abbey Wood, south-east London, was first arrested on August 1 and was arrested again on Wednesday.

Scotland Yard said McDonagh had now been charged with two counts of fraud by abuse of position, one count of theft by employee and one count of money laundering.

“The charges relate to having obtained money intended for those affected by the tragedy while being neither a survivor nor a bereaved family member herself,” the force said.

Some 72 people died as a result of the fire on June 14 last year.

McDonagh will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.

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