A family from Liverpool has been the first to appear in court over a holiday scandal. 53-year-old Deborah Briton and her partner 43-year-old Paul Roberts submitted false food-poisoning claims while vacationing at a resort in Majorca, Spain. The couple’s 30-year-old daughter, Charlene Briton, is also accused of submitting false claims of sickness.
There was a preliminary hearing held for her as she also submitted false claims for herself and her young daughter on holidays last year. All three family members appeared at Liverpool’s magistrates’ court where they denied all counts of fraud according to the Daily Mail.
This is thought to be the first time that someone has appeared in a British court over making fake claims about sickness on holidays. According to district judge Andrew Shaw, from Liverpool, the case is going to be sent to crown court for trial. The allegations represented a ‘sophisticated fraud with a relatively high value of money claimed,’ according to the Mail.
The case has been adjourned until a pretrial hearing happening on August 10th. If the family is found guilty, they are looking at a sentence of 18 months to 6 years. This particular case is exceptional not only because it’s the first to go to court—it also highlights how easy it is for people to fake sickness and get payouts from travel companies.
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