A UK couple who attempted to claim £20,000 worth of fake sickness claims have been jailed after Liverpool crown court found their claims to be fraudulent. Deborah Briton and her partner Paul Roberts told their insurer that their two children fell ill on holidays in Mallorca in 2015 and 2016, despite posting on social media about how well the holidays were going. Briton was sentenced to nine months in prison after admitting to four counts of fraud, whilst Roberts was sentenced to 15 months.
The sentencing is part of a wider crackdown on holiday sickness fraud, which has increased recently for holiday firms operating in Spain. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) welcomed the government’s move to crack down on the claims, saying that the claims are ‘tarnishing British holidaymakers’ reputation abroad’ and costing Spanish hoteliers millions of pounds. The number of claims for food poisoning on Spanish holidays has increased 500 per cent since 2013.