A Penarth man who claimed his foreign holiday had been ruined by sickness has been ordered by a Cardiff Court to pay £19,025.
The Daily Mirror reports that in 2016 Penarth resident Justin Miller (40) had booked a holiday at Cape Verde through the travel firm TUI but afterwards – Cardiff County Court has heard – he made a bogus compensation claim against the travel firm.
Mr Miller claimed that his holiday – at the Hotel Riu Touareg – had been ruined by ‘poor hygiene and badly cooked food” and that he had suffered from ‘diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fever‘ . He submitted a holiday illness compensation claim .
However the travel firm TUI – which has a branch in Penarth – found out that Mr Miller had actually posed for holiday snaps and selfies whilst he was on holiday in Cape Verde and – what’s more – had posted comments on-line praising the cuisine.
The court heard that Mr Miller’s Facebook photos even included pictures of the food and drink he consumed at the very time he subsequently claimed to have been ill.
One of the Facebook posts showed him alongside a the holiday hotel restaurant with a caption he’d written which said “Nice bit of grub. Best Chinese food I’ve had.” In another Facebook post written on holiday at Cape Verde, Mr Miller captioned a picture “A little beer – waiting for the gang”.
A TUI spokesman said “As the UK’s leading tour operator we’ve continued to make a stand and do all that we can to put a stop to fake sickness cases. Mr Miller’s case, having been found fundamentally dishonest and ordered to pay a hefty fee, is another lesson to anyone thinking about submitting a fraudulent claim. We hope that this sends out a clear message to anyone else considering making a fake sickness claim. We will simply not pay compensation claims of this nature and we will bring all similar cases to a court hearing. Our fight back against this type of activity helps us to protect genuine holidaymaker and we will continue to do all that is necessary to defend our industry and hotel partners.”