Customer jailed for stealing agents passwords

A jobless man has been given a prison sentence for booking holidays worth £44,000 after admitting using travel agency staff passwords to get into systems.

Adam Griffiths of Penlan, Swansea, used the passwords to access systems to 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.

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