Jail for fake claims couple

Thomas Cook launched private criminal prosecution after the two filed £20,000 holiday sickness claim

Deborah Briton and her partner Paul Roberts

By Dave Jamieson

A British court has imposed jail sentences on a couple who submitted a fake illness claim after holidays on Mallorca.

In the landmark case, a judge at Liverpool Crown Court last week told them their declarations had been a “complete and utter sham”.

Deborah Briton and her partner Paul Roberts from Wallasey took their teenage children to the island in June 2015 and July 2016 on all-inclusive holidays booked through Thomas Cook. After each break, Briton posted messages on social media about their “two weeks of sun, laughter, fun and tears” and their “fantastic holiday”.

However, in August 2016, the couple instructed solicitors to make claims against Thomas Cook, claiming they had fallen ill and suffered from diarrhoea and vomiting.

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