Time-Wasting Agency Customer Was Actually Stealing Passwords
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Griffiths living the high life on a rented yacht in Dubai.
An unemployed UK man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for booking holidays worth $75,000 after stealing travel agency staff passwords to get into systems.
Adam Griffiths of Penlan, Swansea, used the passwords to access systems and book luxurious holidays in the Seychelles and Dubai.
Griffiths, 28, who was described in court as a 'Walter Mitty character,' then took photographs and posted them on his Facebook page to impress friends.
Staff at TUI and Burgess Travel branches in Swansea thought he was a time-waster because he spent so much time discussing exotic holidays without making a booking, prosecutor Carina Hughes told the court.
In fact, he was taking the time to note down the passwords they were using, she said.
On one occasion, he used the details to book holidays to the seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, flying first class. On another occasion he took a friend to the Seychelles.
However, the court heard they went hungry after discovering the booking, which Griffiths thought was all-inclusive, was actually bed and breakfast and they could not afford meals out. (He should have used a travel advisor!)
Griffiths defrauded TUI of about $67,000 and Burgess Travel about $8,000. The court heard he could afford to repay just £1 -- $1.69 by today’s exchange rate.
Lawyer Andrew Evans said Griffiths was desperate to be admired and in the past had claimed to have fought against ISIS, been close to Scotland Yard and was authorized to carry firearms.
In fact he was unemployed and lived in a council house, he said.
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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.
Hanna- December 11, 2018 @ 11:09
That last line was the BEST