Jail for fake claims couple

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

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IN A landmark case, a British court has imposed jail sentences on a couple who submitted a fake illness claim after holidays on Mallorca. 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 suffered symptoms including diarrhoea and vomiting.

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