A fraudster who drummed up false holiday sickness claims over several years has been jailed for 12 months.
Brian Cromby, 34 from Liverpool, was found guilty of intentionally assisting in the commission of an offence contrary to section 44 of the Serious Crimes Act 2007.
Cromby’s actions were first exposed in 2017 when an undercover journalist at the Mail on Sunday filmed him bragging that “most of my clients were not sick”.
He was then investigated by Manchester insurance law firm Horwich Farrelly and Jet2holidays after it discovered via Facebook that he was connected to a family who involved their children in a fraudulent holiday illness claim, which led in November 2018 to four people from Liverpool being sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years.
Judge David Aubrey QC told Cromby, who had set up a firm, RTA Solutions, in 2014 to find clients and direct them to lawyers to pursue the claims: “You were rumbled by investigative reporters and you were rumbled plying a dishonest trade under the guise of a legitimate business. The truth is it was a sham. It was a scam and at the very least it was promoting or encouraging dishonest civil claims.
“What you were intending was to persuade another to dupe, deceive, swindle, defraud a travel company by making representations relating to potential holiday sickness, when in truth you were promoting dishonesty.
“You had set up a claims business called RTA Solutions, but it had nothing to do with solutions. It was to do with promoting dishonest civil claims.”
Jet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy said that, together with support from Merseyside Police, Horwich Farrelly and the Mail on Sunday, his organisation had “led the way to stamp out the scourge of fake sickness claims”.
Clive Myerscough, Merseyside Police fraud investigator, added: “Cromby is a calculating individual who actively persuaded others, many of whom had no previous convictions, to become involved in his criminal enterprises.”
David Scott, a fraud partner at Horwich Farrelly, said: “It’s been all too easy for ‘professional enablers’ and ‘no-win-no-fee’ sharks like Brian Cromby to leave holidaymakers suckered in by the promise of an easy pay-out to suffer the consequences of their actions.”