A pair from Derby narrowly avoided time in jail for submitting a false holiday food poisoning claim. They were looking to be compensated for £58k via their solicitor, but were instead served with 6 month suspended sentence for their dishonest claims of being sick.
The couple, Leon Roberts and Jade Muzoka were caught out for trying to get compensation for a bogus holiday illness which they claimed reduced them to being bedridden. This is the second conviction for a holiday sickness fraud after Deborah Briton and partner Paul Roberts were imprisoned in a landmark case back in October 2017.
Roberts and Muzoka deceitfully stated that they were ill with diarrhoea and vomiting during their vacation in July 2015. However, they were exposed by Facebook posts that showed them having a great time throughout their stay.
In court, the judge warned the pair that the ruling will act as a warning against further fraudulent claims after they attempted to sue the well-known TUI travel company for their holiday in Turkey.
“This case sends out a clear message that the law will be unfavourable of anyone claiming for a bogus holiday sickness claim”
The suspended jail term was only decided after considering their early guilty pleas and noting that no financial gain was made. The court has made it clear that imprisonment is likely for those who choose to claim falsely for a holiday sickness claim. TUI has maintained their stance in taking matters to court where they believe that claimants are not honest with their entitlement to compensation.Read about Bogus Crash For Cash Claims
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