The glamorous Brit, who has been charged with over £9.5million for holiday sickness fraud, ran the notorious Magaluf bar, where teenagers performed sex acts for drinks
A British mother charged with food poisoning on a holiday scam ran a notorious Magaluf bar where a teenager paraded sex for a drink.
Essex-born Laura Joyce, 42, is one of eight accused of swindling three Mallorca hotels out of around £9.5million after tourists were convinced to make false claims.
Laura, who is being charged under her maiden name Cameron, and her brother Marc Cameron Grimstead are accused of being the ringleaders.
Following Laura’s arrest, her Playhouse club in Magaluf was identified as the location where a British tourist was filmed performing sex on 24 men for a cheap drink in the summer of 2014.
At the time, Laura was fined £45,000 after footage of the incident at the club went viral.
The 18-year-old woman, who took part in a Carnage Magaluf organized bar crawl, performed a sex act with two dozen strangers believing she was winning a ‘holiday’ – but the prize was actually a £4 cocktail called ‘ Holidays”.
Laura closed Playhouse after she and Carnage were fined by the council – before reopening it as The Project under her company name KLM Ventures.
A year later, in 2015, the mother of three raised the bar forever.
A source previously told The Sun on Sunday: “The video of the girl performing oral sex with two dozen guys was disgusting to anyone who saw it – no more than Mallorca local authorities.
“Such alcoholic competitions have given Magaluf a reputation for scandal.”
An investigative court has accused Laura and her brother of forming a “profit-oriented organized gang” with five other suspects through a Spanish company called Elite Project Marketing SL.
They are accused of fraud and membership in a criminal gang.
If found guilty, they face at least eight years in prison if it is proven that they have cheated more than 400,000 euros.
The siblings are now on trial alongside five other Brits they allegedly hired to convince holidaymakers to make false claims, as well as a UK-based businessman who processed them.
They were named as Ryan Bridges; Simon Robert Flanagan; Tegan Jewel Sumerlee; Susan Amanda Lyle; Nicola-Marie Sanderson; and Peter Carl Murphy.
More than 800 tourists made claims against one of the hotels – only 38 of them required real medical attention.
A Mallorcan court said in a six-page judgment: “The gang, which specializes in obtaining the details of British tourists staying at all-inclusive hotels in Mallorca, used a form they had drawn up to persuade them to falsely claim they were ill during their stay and were able to stay in one of those hotels and claim compensation in the UK.”
Detectives are said to have estimated the three hotel groups’ losses from the alleged fraud at around £9.5million between 2016 and 2017.
Laura was arrested in September 2017 and pictured in handcuffs while pregnant.
After she appeared in court in May 2018, her lawyer, Gabriel Llado, said she admitted to giving out vacationers’ names and phone numbers for a fee, but insisted it was part of a pure market research exercise.
He insisted that neither Laura nor any of the so-called “Claims Farmers,” who she used to collect data on tourists to share with others in the UK, encouraged her to get pharmacy receipts so they could act as police and hoteliers forgeries could make claims of food poisoning. Representatives have claimed.
And he claimed Laura only spent a few months doing it and quit because she was earning very little.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/7233803/brit-charged-holiday-sickness-scam-sex-acts-bar/ The glamorous Brit, who has been charged with over £9.5million for holiday sickness fraud, ran the notorious Magaluf bar, where teenagers performed sex acts for drinks