Phoney fire in Calpe didn’t pay off

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HIGH COURT: Gym owner eludes prison for false insurance claim Photo credit: Joanbanjo

A CALPE man admitted to the Alicante High Court that he was behind a fire in his gym in 2016.

Following an agreement between his lawyer and the Fiscalia (Public Prosecution department) he pleaded guilty to making a false insurance claim in hopes of receiving more than €200,000.

The recommended 30 months has been reduced to a two-year suspended sentence and he must pay a €900 fine ‘for simulating a crime’ and compensate the owners of the Plaza Central shopping where the gym was located with €45,675.

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He had taken out the insurance two months before the fire, which he admitted was deliberately started owing to financial difficulties.

The insurance company, which initially assessed the damage at €219,600, soon suspected the gym owner’s version of events and withheld payment.


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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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