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    Default Holiday Illness Fraudster Faces Police Action

    I'm really pleased to see this. Holiday companies have faced an epidemic of false insurance claims in recent years and, for once, a court has thrown this all back in the face of the person trying to scam the holiday company. He is not only a conman but an idiot (as he posted pictures on his FB page that destroyed his case!), and it would serve him right if the police now take up the case. Hopefully this also serves as a warning that the travel trade is fed up with these types of insurance fraud, and that future fake cases will be dealt with harshly:

    https://www.travelmole.com/news_feat...ews_id=2035140

    Or, in full on Travel Mole:

    Published on Monday, December 3, 2018
    Judge throws out fake holiday illness case, then refers claimant to police

    A man who claimed he had suffered food poisoning on holiday has had his case thrown out of court and could now be prosecuted for a crime.

    As well as ordering 30-year-old Tom Oakley to pay 9,000 in costs to TUI, the judge also referred the case to police and asked them to investigate whether the bogus claim constitutes criminal activity.

    TUI described the judge's decision to refer the matter to police as 'a new move'.

    The Mail Online reports Oakley, from Northampton, claimed he had fallen ill on a TUI holiday at the all-inclusive Hotel Helena Park in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria in July 2015.

    He had appointed 'no win, no fee' solicitors to claim 2,500 as compensation for illness that included diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. In his claim, he said he'd been unable to leave his hotel room for two days and had to postpone a boat trip

    However, Facebook photos revealed he was sipping cocktails and eating in restaurants with his then-girlfriend, at the time he claimed to be ill, as well as enjoying a sunset cruise.

    Oakley and 31-year-old Claire Fursey had also posted positive messages, including one saying: "It's been an amazing two weeks, Bulgaria, it's been a pleasure."

    TUI managing director Andrew Flintham said: "Not only has Mr Oakey been found to be fundamentally dishonest and ordered to pay our costs but, in a new move, the court has also referred the matter to police for them to make any inquiries about any criminal offences which may have been committed.

    "We hope this sends out a clear message to anyone else considering making fraudulent sickness claims."

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    Claiming money he isn't entitled to makes it criminal in my opinion. Hope the police take it further.

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    There have been a number of this type of court case over the last few months led by Jet2 and Tui. They apparently use a specialist law firm that does all the necessary investigations including the travel of social media. Most of the cases that have come to court have resulted in the claim being thrown out and costs awarded against the traveler, but this is the first time one has been referred to the police.

    I hope it goes ahead and there is a trial for fraud. This type of crime costs all travelers money through increased prices and insurance premiums.
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    Hear, hear, and Amen to that!

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    This is my favourite so far, a few months in prison to think about what they did wrong.

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    Wow, 15 MONTHS for their fraudulent claim That's some warning to put out there in the public domain. Long live that judge!

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    Another couple get found guilty of holiday fraud and are ordered to pay nearly 30,000 to Jet2.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ay-30-000.html
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    I can't even imagine doing such a thing.

    Glad to see there is a crackdown.











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    Oops. That's one heck on an expensive holiday all of a sudden! You have to figure they had to pay their lawyers, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Veness View Post
    Oops. That's one heck on an expensive holiday all of a sudden! You have to figure they had to pay their lawyers, too!
    Probably on a 'no win, no fee' deal. Hopefully so, as it may possibly teach these ambulance chaser solicitors a lesson.
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