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Glam Brit mum arrested over ‘£9m holiday food poison scam’ faces 6.5 YEARS in prison as hotel bosses demand max sentence

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HOTEL bosses in Majorca are demanding a six-and-a-half year prison sentence for a British mum charged over a holiday food poisoning scam.

Essex-born Laura Joyce, 44, is one of eight accused of swindling three Majorca hotels out of around £9.5million after tourists were convinced to make fake claims.

Laura Joyce has been charged over a holiday food poisoning scam in Majorca

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Laura Joyce has been charged over a holiday food poisoning scam in MajorcaCredit: Solarpix
She ran a Magaluf bar where a Brit tourist was filmed performing sex acts on men for a cheap drink

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She ran a Magaluf bar where a Brit tourist was filmed performing sex acts on men for a cheap drinkCredit: Solarpix
Laura is accused of being part of an 'organised gang'

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Laura is accused of being part of an ‘organised gang’Credit: Solarpix
Laura was arrested in September 2017 and pictured in handcuffs while heavily pregnant

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Laura was arrested in September 2017 and pictured in handcuffs while heavily pregnantCredit: Solarpix

She allegedly used middlemen to encourage holidaymakers to fake illness to claim compensation.

A court accused Laura and her brother Marc Cameron Grimstead of forming the “profit-motivated organised gang” through a Spanish company they called Elite Project Marketing SL.

They have been charged with fraud and membership of a criminal gang.

The siblings face trial along with five other Brits they allegedly hired to persuade holidaymakers to make false food poisoning claims – and getting a UK-based businessman to process them.

They have been named as Ryan Bridges, Simon Robert Flanagan, Tegan Jewel Sumerlee, Susan Amanda Lyle, Nicola Marie Sanderson, and Peter Carl Murphy.

Detectives are said to have estimated the losses of the three hotel groups as a result of the alleged scam between 2016 and 2017 at around £9.5 million.

Mum-of-three was warned earlier this year she could be given a high prison sentence if she is found guilty of being the ringleader.

In new documents seen by The Sun, the Majorca Hoteliers Federation said it wants Laura to be jailed for five years if she is found guilty of aggravated fraud and another year and six months if she is convicted of belonging to a criminal gang.

In the seven-page indictment lodged with the courts, it said it also wants her brother Marc jailed for five years – four for aggravated fraud and 12 months for membership of a criminal gang.

It demanded the same sentence for Ryan – described as the one who processed fake food poisoning claims “conscious the intoxications didn’t exist”.

It said the five other Brits should receive a prison term totalling three years and nine months, if convicted of both charges.

No date for the trial, expected to take place next year, has yet been set.

As well as prison sentences, the hotel federation said it wants all eight Brits fined if convicted – and to pay compensation “at the amount determined after the trial”.

It said losses have been calculated so far at more than €1,243million (£1.069 million).

Spanish prosecutors have not yet said what sentences and fines they are seeking for the accused Brits.

It’s understood they could face at least eight years in jail if they are proven to have defrauded more than €400,000.

More than 800 tourists made claims against one of the Majorca hotels – with just 38 of them needing genuine medical assistance.

A six-page ruling issued by a court in Majorca said: “The gang specialised in obtaining the details of British tourists in all-inclusive hotels in Majorca it convinced, through a form they themselves elaborated, to falsely claim they had been ill during their stay in one of those hotels and be able to claim compensation in the UK.”

Laura was arrested in September 2017 and pictured in handcuffs while heavily pregnant.

After she appeared in court in May 2018, her lawyer Gabriel Llado said she had admitted passing on names and phone numbers of holidaymakers for payment

But she insisted it was part of a pure market research exercise.

He insisted neither Laura nor any of the so-called “claims farmers” she used to gather data of tourists she passed on to others in the UK, encouraged them to get chemist’s receipts so they could make fake food poisoning claims as police and hoteliers’ representatives have claimed.

And he claimed Laura had only spent just a few months doing it and stopped because she was earning very little.

No further action was ever taken against Laura’s mum Debbie.

Debbie was held at a luxury villa in upmarket Bendinat with Laura after a police raid – but was freed before she went to court.

After Laura was arrested, it emerged her Magaluf bar Playhouse had been identified as the venue where a British tourist was filmed performing sex acts on 24 men for a cheap drink in the summer of 2014.

The fallout from the infamous video sparked a crackdown on bar crawls in the party resort.

Laura, who was not at her bar when the incident occurred, shut Playhouse down soon after.

Laura has been charged with fraud and membership of a criminal gang

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Laura has been charged with fraud and membership of a criminal gangCredit: Solarpix
Peter Murphy has been named as one of the Brit suspects

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Peter Murphy has been named as one of the Brit suspectsCredit: Solarpix
Tegan Sumerlee is also accused of being part of the scam

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Tegan Sumerlee is also accused of being part of the scamCredit: Solarpix

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