Family who claimed their Benidorm holiday was ruined by food poisoning were exposed as fraudsters after calling it the ‘best break ever’ and praising ‘lovely food’ on Facebook
- Four fraudsters from Liverpool said their holiday was ruined by food poisoning
- They invented a fake compensation claim that could have cost Jet2 £45,000
- The four plus children visited Spanish resort on an all-inclusive trip in July 2015
- Lawyers discovered the lies after examining a Facebook post by Janet Weir
Four fraudsters who claimed their Benidorm holiday was ruined by food poisoning ended up in court when their lies were exposed by their own Facebook posts.
Michael Jameson, Jane Weir, Claire Elizabeth Weir and Janet Louise Weir invented a fake compensation claim that could have cost tour operator Jet2 £45,000.
Their story fell apart when lawyers found online comments praising the ‘lovely hotel and food’ and describing the Liverpool family’s trip as the ‘best holiday ever’.
Michael Jameson, Jane Weir, Claire Elizabeth Weir and Janet Louise Weir invented a fake compensation claim that could have cost tour operator Jet2 £45,000. The story fell apart when lawyers found online comments praising the ‘lovely hotel and food’
All four were convicted of contempt at Liverpool County Court after inventing the claims following their stay at the Aqua Magic Rock Gardens.
The defendants, along with four children, visited the Spanish resort on an all-inclusive trip in July 2015.
They said it was ruined when the party was struck by illness – with nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting all listed among the symptoms they supposedly suffered.
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Their compensation bid argued their ill health was caused by negligence but when investigators looked into the complaint they uncovered their web of lies.
The key to cracking the bogus story was the discovery of a Facebook post by Janet Weir.
In the same month as the week-long holiday said to have been destroyed by food poisoning, the 63-year-old wrote on Facebook: ‘Well what can I say what a birthday present just got back from Benidorm had the best holiday ever lovely hotel, food and brilliant.
All four were convicted of contempt at Liverpool County Court after inventing the claims following their stay at the Aqua Magic Rock Gardens. The defendants, along with four children, visited the Spanish resort on an all-inclusive trip in July 2015
‘Company didn’t want to come home thank you once again to my lovely daughters and families for the best time ever love you all.’
In response her daughters Jane, 38, and Claire, 35, responded by writing: ‘Loved every minute of it’ and ‘Wish I was there now mum’.
According to medical reports that accompanied the claim, they were supposed to be suffering from diarrhoea, stomach pain and cramps when the posts were uploaded.
Pictures and posts on social media also revealed Jameson, 43, who lived with Claire at the time the claim was served, enjoying a day out at a cricket club.
According to the medical reports he too was still suffering from nausea, diarrhoea, stomach pain and cramps at the time.
Another piece of evidence was a record from the four-star, safari-themed hotel showing how the claimants had ordered lager, vodka, gin and amaretto during the time they were said to be ill.
Although the four defendants blamed the advice of their previous solicitors, an accusation disputed by the firms involved, they pleaded guilty to contempt before High Court judge Justice Choudhury – who branded the evidence against them as ‘little short of overwhelming’.
According to Jet2holidays, at the time the claims were served Jameson and Claire Weir lived on Jacob Street, Janet on Britannia Crescent and Jane on Weller Way, all in Toxteth, Liverpool.
They were each sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years, and fined £750 each.
Following their sentencing, Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘We have led the way to tackle the issue of false sickness claims so that holidaymakers do not expose themselves to the risks that come with getting involved in such dishonest activity.
‘For some time we have warned that making false claims could lead to serious consequences, and this ruling shows how serious they can be.
‘It should leave anyone making a fake sickness claim in no doubt – we will robustly investigate and defend any claims that are dishonest or illegitimate – and the courts will not hesitate to punish anyone engaging in such fraud.’
David Scott, a fraud partner at Horwich Farrelly, the law firm that investigated the claims, added: ‘We are pleased that this family accepted that their claims were fraudulent. They saw this as a way of making some easy money at the expense of honest holiday makers and they will now pay the price for this stupidity.’
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