Gastroenteritis & Gangnam Style: Sickness Fraudster Must Pay Up
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
A fake sickness fraudster from the UK, whose scam was reported by his ex-girlfriend, has been ordered to pay Jet2holidays more than $10,000.
Liam Royle’s ex-girlfriend provided video footage of him dancing to ‘Gangnam Style’ by the pool during a time when he claimed to be suffering with stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Jet2holidays challenged his claim in light of the evidence, and 23-year-old Roylewas found to be fundamentally dishonest by District Judge Iyer, after claiming he had suffered food poisoning during a holiday at the Papantonia Hotel Apartments in Cyprus in August 2015.
His ex-partner, who was on holiday with him at the time, provided evidence proving the claims were a complete fabrication.As well as the video evidence of poolside dancing, she provided photographs showing Royle swimming in the pool 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 at McDonalds, and also drank beer and cocktails during the period he claimed he was “missing meals, excursions, swimming time and other general activities.”
Judge Iyer said: "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."
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.