A travel agent faked while defrauding more than 1,400 customers has been jailed at Durham Crown Court for nine years.
Lyne Barlow, 39, was ‘riding the monster of deceit’ as she used her fake illness to deflect the avalanche of complaints from devastated families whose holidays failed to materialise.
She was so determined to continue her charade that she even convinced her husband, Paul, and son and daughter she was battling cancer.
Family members took her to hospital appointments, unaware that she was simply waiting inside before re-emerging claiming to have seen her consultant.
To make her story more convincing, she cut off strands of her hair and scattered them across her pillow to make it look as though she was losing it to chemotherapy.