Two British couples have been sentenced to pay a
23,000 euro fine
and four months in prison for feigning intoxication to report the hotel where they were staying in the Canary Islands.
In 2017 the National Police identified more than 800 British tourists allegedly affected by food poisoning or by the water in the hotel pools.
The travelers presented the claims through 77 law firms in a plot that was dismantled with the so-called Hook operation.
Although within the framework of this investigation fraud were mainly discovered in the
, there were also cases of tourists faking these ailments after their holidays in the Canary Islands or in the Levante area.
This case, picked up by Antena 3, took place in 2016, although justice had not ruled until now.
Simon Manley, UK ambassador to Spain, denounced the situation and assured that the British Ministry of Justice was already working on measures both against clients and against the networks that promoted the lawsuits.
"It is important that people with real complaints can continue to complain," he said then.
He also explained that tourists were being warned "of the legal danger" to which they were exposed, because, according to their law, this activity was "a crime."
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