Grenfell activist previously jailed for credit card fraud

Grenfell tower survivor Eamon Zada, 35, is facing jail after investigators found the remains of his cannabis oil factory in the charred remains of the building. Pictured in 2009 after his credit card conviction

Grenfell tower survivor Eamon Zada, 35, is facing jail after investigators found the remains of his cannabis oil factory in the charred remains of the building. Pictured in 2009 after his credit card conviction

A Grenfell Tower survivor who was caught with a cannabis 'oil' distillery in the block of flats had previously run a credit card factory from his flat to swindle £1.6 million.  

Eamon Zada, 35, has been put up at £150 a night Raddison Blu hotel in Marylebone since the blaze claimed 72 lives last year and police found his drugs operation when they searched his home.

It has now been revealed that Zada was jailed for five years in 2009 for his role in setting up a high-tech cloning scam at flat number 53. 

Zada, who is 'core' Grenfell activist and is due to give evidence at the official enquiry, had fitted four extra locks to his door and bought advanced gadgets which intercepts credit card details from phones.

Police had to knock down his door using a battering ram. Upon entering the flat, they found Zada throwing cards out the window and trying to feed cards through a shredding machine. 

When he was arrested, wearing a £4,000 Rolex and an exclusive Vertu phone worth £4,900, he professed he 'had enough' and owned up to his role in the scam. 

It was later found that Zada had used the £1.6 million he had scammed for himself on expensive restaurants and alcohol. In one night alone, Zada had spent £140,000 on champagne at the Amika nightclub in Kensington.

Pictures of Zada and his friends drinking Cristal Champagne and smoking cigars were also obtained by police, with one snap titled 'Big in the game'.

Zada, who had previous fraud convictions, also went on a £25,000 shopping spree with cloned cards in Stafford. 

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