A BRITISH couple have been ordered to pay a record fine for their fake holiday sickness claim.
Liverpool couple Chelsea Devine, 21 and Jamie Melling, 22, have been ordered to pay TUI a £15,000 (€17,160) after a judge found them ‘fundamentally dishonest’.
The couple claimed they suffered from food poisoning at the hotel and were sick for weeks after their ten day all-inclusive holiday to Benidorm. They each submitted claims for over €2,800 in compensation- over six months after their holiday. They were caught out when investigations found happy and healthy holiday photos on social media, no records of illness or complaints while on holiday, and no other food poisoning cases in the resort at the time.
Tui said: “It’s disappointing we have had to go this far to defend our industry and hotel partners, as well as protect honest holidaymakers.
“This goes to highlight the penalty you can face if you bring an exaggerated or fraudulent holiday sickness claim.”