A pregnant British mother-of-two has fronted a Spanish court for allegedly running a multi-million pound holiday sickness scam.
Laura Joyce, 37, is accused of using middlemen to urge holidaymakers to fake illnesses to claim compensation, and has been detained along with four others in relation to the crime.
According to The Sun newspaper, Joyce’s mum, Debbie, was also arrested, but was not among those taken to court.
Eight months pregnant, Ms Joyce was arrested at her luxury home on the popular island of Majorca.
“The arrests have followed months of investigation by the Civil Guard following complaints from hoteliers,” a source close to the matter said, The Sun reported.
“A wealth of material including computers and documents have been seized and is being analysed by experts.”
Police had raided several properties and bars in Majorca prior to the arrests, including one operated by Joyce’s husband, Stuart.
It has been estimated fake holiday sickness claims have cost the Spanish hotel industry some £50million (AU$82 million). Three hotel groups have claimed to be the victims of six-figure frauds.
Still in Majorca, and a young British woman was one of three tourists sexually assaulted within 90 minutes of each other last Friday in the party resort town of Magaluf.