Holiday snaps show 'Walter Mitty' fraudster living high life on trips stolen from travel companies

Holiday snaps show 'Walter Mitty' fraudster living high life on trips stolen from travel companies

These photographs show a fraudster who booked £44,000 worth of holidays using stolen travel companies pass codes living the high life of yachts and business class flights.

Adam Griffiths stole the codes from agents in Swansea then went globe-trotting – posting images of his adventures on Instagram as he went online.



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The pictures show the 30-year-old in exotic locations including Singapore and Dubai along with mixing with famous faces such as for example Spanish footballer Fernando Torres.

The images certainly are a far cry from his modest council home in Swansea all.

On Friday Griffiths was jailed for two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to three counts of fraud involving stolen computer pass codes from the Tui and Burgess travel companies in Swansea.

Swansea Crown Court heard how Griffiths claimed to possess worked for an exclusive military contractor, said he was involved with counter-terrorism and had fought so-called Islamic State, and pretended to possess links to Scotland Yard. He’s got convictions for impersonating cops also.

Sending him down, a judge described him as a “Walter Mitty character” – a mention of the eponymous character in the James Thurber novel who leads a fantasy life.

Part of Griffiths’ make-believe life involved projecting a graphic on social media marketing of a high-flyer going to exotic places and meeting celebrities – with magnums of Champagne or trendy vodka usually.

One of the photographs shows him relaxing aboard an exclusive yacht off Dubai, your day which he could be understood to possess hired for, with the exclusive Burj al Arab seven star hotel in the backdrop.

Taking it easy: Griffiths relaxing on an exclusive yacht off Dubai

Taking it easy: Griffiths relaxing on an exclusive yacht off Dubai

Another snap shows him consuming the sights in Singapore while another sees him posing for a selfie with £50m former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres while flying high grade.

Griffiths in Singapore

Griffiths in Singapore

Griffiths in high grade on an Emirates flight with footballer Fernando Torres

Griffiths in high grade on an Emirates flight with footballer Fernando Torres

Travelling however you like features a handful of times in Griffiths’ social media marketing posts including one image of him jetting home from Dubai running a business class – this Instagram post came filled with the hashtags #LuxLife #Champagne #JetSet.

Griffiths posing running a business class on his flight home from Dubai with Champagne and vodka

Griffiths posing running a business class on his flight home from Dubai with Champagne and vodka

Elsewhere on Instagram he posted an image of airport cocktails on the true solution to North Africa.

Morocco-bound: Griffiths in the No1 Lounge in Gatwick Airport claiming to be on the way to Morocco

Morocco-bound: Griffiths in the No1 Lounge in Gatwick Airport claiming to be on the way to Morocco

A bit nearer to home Griffiths, of Penlan in Swansea, also boasted on Twitter about having “among the best suites” at the Celtic Manor resort near Newport – and posted this picture of himself with seven bottles of Moet Champagne.

At his sentencing hearing his advocate Andrew Evans said his client could have “self-worth” issues and appeared to need to develop a persona that has been respected and admired.

He said Griffiths had had a hard background and “feels a desperate must be accepted” also to be an authority figure and even an heroic figure in eyes of others.

In 2014 Griffiths claimed to possess contracted the deadly Ebola virus following a visit to Africa and was taken up to a particular infectious disease unit.

Sending him to prison for the travel agent frauds, Judge Geraint Walters described Griffiths as “something of a Walter Mitty character” who lived a persona far taken off the truth of his true to life.

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