Two Britons have been arrested by the Guardia Civil and charged with inciting UK holidaymakers into lodging false compensation claims for sickness.
An investigation was started by the Guardia Civil in Pollensa and it has resulted in the first arrests made in Majorca for this type of incitement to commit a crime: false claims are illegal in both Spain and the UK.
The arrests were made in Alcudia. Last week, the Bulletin reported that two British women, who had been seen outside large all-inclusive complexes in Puerto Alcudia, were also witnessed approaching tourists outside a chemist's shop. They were informing tourists (British ones) about how to make claims, compensation for which would typically cover the cost of a holiday.
The two people detained by the Guardia Civil are believed to have been acting on behalf of so-called claims farmers in the UK, which actively seek to encourage holidaymakers to make false claims. A recent IB3 programme in Majorca revealed that these "representatives" earn commissions of one hundred pounds per claim.
The Guardia Civil have become aware of certain individuals operating in resorts in Majorca. The fact is that they aren't difficult to spot, and hotels (and others) are being encouraged to denounce them to police and the prosecution service.
The investigation remains open. The Guardia are suggesting that more arrests could be made, and they are particularly interested in those leading the scam operation.
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