12 JUN 2018: A man from Manchester who claimed he fell sick during a holiday in Cyprus, and subsequently claimed damages from his tour operator, got outed by his ex-girlfriend who provided evidence and video footage of him dancing Gangnam Style by the pool during a time when he claimed to be suffering with stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Liam Royle, 23, of Eccles, was found fundamentally dishonest by a District Judge in Manchester and has been ordered to pay Jet2holidays more than £6,000 ($10,425), after the tour company challenged his claim.

He claimed that he had suffered food poisoning whilst on a week-long holiday at the Papantonia Hotel Apartments in Cyprus in August 2015. His now ex-girlfriend who was on holiday with him at the time provided the evidence proving the claims were lies.

Along with the Gangnam video she produced photographs of Royle swimming and enjoying the evening entertainment.

Evidence also showed he took a 15-minute taxi ride to Ayia Napa, where he walked around the shops and ate a McDonalds, and drank beer and cocktails during the period he claimed he was 'missing meals, excursions, swimming time and other general activities'.

The judge said that, "Even applying the most rigorous test, I cannot avoid the finding that there has been dishonesty in his claim of sickness. A statement of truth was signed by Mr Royle knowing that it contained fundamental lies, and he gave incorrect information to his medical expert, and as a result a claim was issued."

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said, "We have worked very hard to tackle the problem of false sickness claims and to protect holidaymakers against the risks of getting involved in such dishonest activity, but unfortunately there is a minority who think that they can get away with it."

"This judgment shows that there are very real consequences to making false sickness claims, and Mr Royle must now pay the price. We would like to thank Mr Royle's ex-girlfriend for her honesty, and although this is an unusual case, anyone making a fake sickness claim should be fully aware that we will robustly investigate and defend any claims that are dishonest or illegitimate."

So take heed fraudsters, it’s not worth the risk.

comments powered by Disqus