A British couple face losing their home after a five-star Greek hotel counter-sues them for £170,000. The couple had made a £10,000 claim that the resort’s food and drink made them ill. The five-star hotel has made a counter-claim against them alleging the claim was ‘fake’ and for ‘damaging its reputation.’
Sean and Caroline Bondarenko are alleged to have fabricated a £10,000 claim. They said the food and drink at the Caldera Palace Hotel in Crete made them ill.
Now the couple, from Darlington, County Durham are trying to drop their claim.
The case comes after travel firms in the UK and Europe said holiday sickness claims by British tourists had increased by up to 700 per cent in the past 18 months.
In damning court documents, the Crete hotel has made a counter-claim against the Bondarenkos, saying they enjoyed their holiday and ‘consumed large quantities of alcohol’ when they were supposed to have been sick.
Atlantica Hotel Management Ltd claims the couple from Darlington, County Durham – who booked their holiday with Thomson – did not report any illness during their one-week stay in October 2013, and didn’t make their bid for compensation until three years later.
The hotel chain says it has a dossier of Facebook posts which demonstrate the Bondarenkos enjoyed their stay. It is thought to be the first time holidaymakers have been taken to court accused of making a fake sickness claim.
Now the couple are trying to drop their claim. Thomson said: ‘UK holidaymakers should understand that if they make a fraudulent claim they could face prosecution at home or overseas.’
Mr Bondarenko, 47, said he and his 42-year-old wife had been ill, but only for a day or so. He added: ‘We would not have made a claim if the claims management firm hadn’t got in touch. (dailymail)
According to UK’s Sun, there have been reports on a huge rise in the number of bogus sickness claims in the last 18 months – with some Spanish hotels threatening to axe all-inclusive holidays for Brits.