Martin Naylor of the Mirror reports a brazen couple claimed they fell in with food poisoning while on holiday – only to put up pictures of themselves having fun and eating luxury meals on social media.
Leon Roberts and Jade Muzoka pleaded guilty to fraud and have been warned by a judge that they can face jail.
The couple falsely claimed their holiday in Turkey was ruined in a scam that could have cost travel firm TUI £50,000 had they not been caught out, the Derby Telegraph reports.
But despite the pair discontinuing their story before a penny was paid out, the company chose to prosecute.
District Judge Jonathan Taaffe said: “It would fly in the face of common sense to regard this as an isolated incident.
“It is a real problem in Great Britain and has a real impact on the genuine persons who suffer that make genuine claims and put those who do suffer illness on holiday under suspicion.
“This (the offences) is outside the (sentencing) guidelines because it encourages a tsunami of false claims.
“All (sentencing) options are open at this stage and this is a serious case and it may be that a custodial sentence will follow to show the importance of your wrongdoing.”
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court was told how Roberts, 37, of Alvaston, and Muzoka, 27, from Sinfin, spent a week at the luxury Cornelia Golf Resort and Spa, in Turkey, in July 2015.
The following April, the pair submitted claims through their solicitor saying they both fell ill during their time away.
But investigators discovered photographs of the couple, who are no longer together, lounging by the pool, drinking and eating dinner.