A cheating couple who tried to claim £20,000 compensation after ‘falling sick’ on holiday in Turkey were exposed as liars – after one was filmed dancing by the poolside.

Martin Brown, 38, and his wife Lindsey, 35, lodged the claim with Jet2holidays, saying they were struck down by a tummy bug in Turkey in 2016.

The pair claimed they were left seriously ill during a 10-day all-inclusive break at the Emre Hotel in Marmaris.

However, they were exposed as cheats when a video of Mr Brown emerged of him dancing by the pool despite saying he had been in bed sick – and they’ve been ordered to pay almost £30,000 to Jet2holidays.

Facebook posts also showed the couple, from Chorley, Lancs., enjoying an evening out, including posing for photos with a parrot perched on Mr Brown’s shoulder.

Mr Brown even boasted to fellow holidaymakers about how he planned to fabricate a false sickness claim to win £20k in compensation – and how he had done it before.

Last week, the couple were ordered to pay Jet2holidays almost £30,000 after being convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud at Civil Justice Centre in Manchester.

The court heard they had submitted a false claim against Jet2holidays claiming compensation for stomach cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea as a result of food poisoning.

Mr Brown even claimed he had soiled himself after being left bed-ridden as a result of his sickness and was prescribed medication following a visit to the hotel doctor.

After investigating the claim, Jet2holidays, the Emre Hotel, and law firm Horwich Farrelly were able to reveal a wealth of evidence showing that the claims were both pre-meditated and a complete fabrication.

During the hearing, staff and the doctor from Emre Hotel also gave evidence demonstrating that the couple – who have 11 children – had not been ill.

A social media post from a holidaymaker who stayed at the hotel at the same time as the Browns, stating that Martin Brown was not ill and was in a bar until "daft o clock".

Judge Sephton QC said: "They sought to benefit by their wrongdoing in a thoroughly dishonest fashion. "Dishonest claims are a scourge which are blighting these courts."

Speaking after the sentencing, Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: "Martin and Lindsey Brown travelled to Turkey having already worked out how to make a fraudulent sickness claim, but thanks to our robust investigation their deception has been uncovered.

"Jet2holidays has 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, and we hope this ruling sends out a serious message to others.

"That message is clear, we will investigate and defend any claims that we believe are dishonest, and the courts do not just take a dim view of such deceit, they are prepared to punish it accordingly."

Emre Deliveli, Emre Hotels’ managing director, added: "I am very satisfied with this result, I’d like to thank Jet2holidays for working with us on this case.

"We feel that our reputation and high standards have been proved once more and we look forward to receiving more happy UK customers to Emre Hotel and Emre Beach Hotel where they know they will have an excellent holiday."

This is the latest court success that Jet2holidays has seen in the fight against fake sickness claims.

In October, four fraudsters were sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years, after admitting to concocting a fake claim.

In some quarters Britain was referred to as the "fake sick man of Europe" after unscrupulous businesses and touts were able to exploit a legal loophole and encourage a huge rise in fake sickness claims over recent years.

This led to a 500 per cent increase in gastric sickness claims made by British holidaymakers between 2013 and 2016, prompting some hoteliers to warn that they would withdraw holidays from the UK market.

In April this year, the Ministry of Justice announced the extension of Fixed Recoverable Costs to cover holiday sickness claims brought under the Package Travel Regulations, making defence costs predictable and thus deterring bogus claims.

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