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Jet2holidays fraudster who got £6k after claiming he fell ill on trip exposed by ex in video of him dancing to Gangnam Style by pool

Liam Royle, 23, was ordered to pay back the money after his ex-girlfriend provided evidence against him

A FRAUDSTER who won £6,000 in compensation after claiming he fell ill on a Jet2holidays trip to Cyprus has been exposed by his ex-girlfriend.

A judge ordered Liam Royle, 23, to pay back the money after a court was shown footage of him doing the Gangnam Style dance on the same holiday.

 Liam Royle, 23, was filmed doing the Gangnam Style dance on the same holiday he claimed to have contracted food poisoning
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Liam Royle, 23, was filmed doing the Gangnam Style dance on the same holiday he claimed to have contracted food poisoning

Royle, from Eccles, Greater Manchester, initially claimed he got food poisoning while on a week-long holiday at the Papantonia Hotel Apartments in August 2015.

He said he suffered stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting for five days, Manchester Evening News reported.

But his ex, who was on holiday with him, presented evidence at the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester proving that he was lying.

It included footage of Royle dancing to Gangnam Style, a world famous tune by Korean pop star Psy with a very distinct routine.

 Royle's ex also showed a judge pictures of him enjoying himself in the pool in Cyprus
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Royle's ex also showed a judge pictures of him enjoying himself in the pool in Cyprus

She also showed the judge photos of him happily swimming in the pool and proved that he was well enough to take a taxi to nearby Ayia Napa, where he ate at McDonald's.

District Judge Iyer found Royle's claims to be fundamentally dishonest, saying: "Even applying the most rigorous test, I cannot avoid the finding that there has been dishonesty in his claim of sickness.

"A statement of truth was signed by Mr Royle knowing that it contained fundamental lies, and he gave incorrect information to his medical expert, and as a result a claim was issued."

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: "This judgement shows that there are very real consequences to making false sickness claims, and Mr Royle must now pay the price.

He went on to thank his ex-girlfriend for her honesty and said the ruling should act as a warning to anyone thinking of making a fraudulent claim.

The government decided to crack down on fraudsters earlier this year by imposing a limit on the amount law firms can claim in legal costs if a holiday sickness case comes to trial.

Until now there has been no cap on these costs, so hotels and tour operators have been reluctant to fight the cases in court in case legal costs spiral out of control, and just settle with a payout.