There are no words for how disgusting it is’: Grenfell survivors’ fury over council worker who stole £62,000 from victims to fund her lavish holidays as her husband is pictured for the first time
- Jenny McDonagh, 39, spent thousands using pre-paid cards meant for victims
- The ex-council worker spent money for victims on holidays and online gambling
- Survivors have asked how she could have spirited away so much relief money
- Kensington’s Labour MP has demanded a review of how donations were handled
- Former employers including the V&A Museum in London are also probing fraud
The husband of the council worker who stole £62,000 from the Grenfell fund appears to be standing by her after she admitted the shocking crimes yesterday.
Kensington and Chelsea finance manager Jenny McDonagh splashed thousands of pounds on expensive dinners, designer hairstyles, online gambling and holidays to Dubai and Los Angeles using pre-paid cards which were supposed to help former residents of the tower block.
Still wearing his wedding ring but refusing to comment on his wife’s actions, her husband Thomas McDonagh left his marital home in a dark Toyota car this morning.
When asked by MailOnline if he had any comment on his wife’s court hearing yesterday he replied, ‘no comment’, before closing the door.
Victims of the fire, in which 72 people died, have reacted in fury to the news that one of the people meant to be helping them was instead pocketing money for herself.
Survivor Beinazir Lasharie said: ‘There’s no words for how disgusting it is.’
Ms Lasharie, who had lived most of her life on the Grenfell estate and suffered PTSD after the fire, told the Daily Mirror: ‘I’m shocked, somebody who knows what people have gone through and are going through on a daily basis would do something like that.’
According to her LinkedIn page, McDonagh studied accounting at London’s City University before holding position before working for Imperial College, the NHS in Kent and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
At her family home in east London today, her mother Eileen Barnard, 67, refused to comment.
Questions are now being asked about how the council could have allowed such a large amount of money to go missing.
Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad said: ‘How on earth did a Council officer steal £62,000 of Grenfell funding without missing it for so long? It brings up very serious questions about who had access to the prepaid cards she used, and who was responsible for auditing this.
‘A number of residents have already asked me if the Council will review this employee’s work over the past 14 months? She may have been making life-changing decisions with the lives of vulnerable people. They will be devastated.
‘This is a very serious breach of trust and the Council must conduct a full audit of donations to see if any more has been stolen.’
A court was told McDonagh is also under investigation for suspected frauds against her former employers, Medway NHS Trust in Kent and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Last night she was spotted returning to her marital home after the court heard her husband was willing to accept her back.
McDonagh pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by abuse of position, one count of theft by employee and one count of money laundering this afternoon.
On her online CV she had listed the ‘creation and maintenance of a system of payment in instalments’ as one of her duties at the council.
McDonagh has been ordered to resign her new job as a finance officer at a mental health charity.
She was told by a chief magistrate to quit her new job and was warned she faced at least three years behind bars for the crimes.
Many in Grenfell are none EU citizens – the EU should never have allowed any migrants into Europe there are safe lands closer to where they live but this is all part of the WHITE GENOCIDE PLAN OUTLINED BY KALERGI – THE FATHER OF THE EU. We must remember bolshevik jews killed 60 million Christians in Russia. Jews owned most of the salve ships etc why were they in Babylon?
PeopLE need to be sacked at this council
MERKEL / BLAIR/ ROTHCHILDS / GEORGE SOROS NEED TO BE ON TRIAL FOR CRIMES OF WHITE GENOCIDE.
I bet they wont make this fraudster pay a penny back or sell any of her assets like her car and her jewellery etc