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‘Fake’ $85k insurance claim puts family on trial

Food poisoning claims could come back to haunt this family

A family will become the first holidaymakers to be trialled in a UK criminal court for false travel insurance claims made in August 2016.


Paul Roberts, 43, partner Deborah Briton, 53, and her daughter Charlene, 30, are accused of making untrue statements in the claim, which sought £51,000 (AU$85500) from travel giant Thomas Cook for illnesses relating to food poisoning in Majorca, Spain.



Roberts and Deborah also issued a claim about a previous Majorca trip in 2015, the Liverpool Echo reported.


According to the Echo, the pair sought damages for themselves and their children for both holidays, while Charlene damages for herself and her daughter for the 2016 trip.


Appearing at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, the trio pleaded not guilty to all charges of fraud.


Prosecutor for Thomas Cook, Sam Brown, said the case couldn’t be dealt in the lower courts due to the seriousness of the matter.


The three defendents will appear in Liverpool Crown Court on 10 August.


“It’s important we send a clear message that submitting a false holiday claim is a criminal act,” a Thomas Cook spokesman said.


“If left unchecked, this issue threatens holidays for all of our customers in the UK.


“We urge anyone who’s concerned they may have wrongly submitted a claim for illness when on holiday to withdraw it immediately.”


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 17 July 2017

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