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Briton tells Palma judge she wasn't involved in holiday-sickness scam

Tourists were allegedly targeted on the busy holiday island.
Tourists were allegedly targeted on the busy holiday island. / REUTERS
  • It is alleged that a UK law firm paid almost 6,000 euros for every 1,000 names collected outside hotels to be used in claims

A British business woman, who is under investigation over allegedly helping to make fraudulent compensation claims by holidaymakers for food poisoning in Mallorca, told a judge this week that her company only collected people's details and that she didn't know what they were being used for.

The woman, who lives on Mallorca and previously ran a night club and events company, said she started collecting holidaymakers' details in 2016. It is alleged that people were placed outside hotels to gather British tourists' names and contact details that were passed to a UK firm of lawyers. They then invited those people to make a claim for holiday sickness compensation back in Britain.

The woman admits that data was collected but not in relation to sickness claims and say she was only being paid to gather it. For this she was paid 5,000 pounds (about 5,700 euros) for every 1,000 names and contact details collected.