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An ‘experienced con man’ who posed as a cruise ship captain to sell fake luxury holidays to friends and family has been jailed.
Jody Oliver, 44, dressed in a P&O navy suit, scammed victims out of £320,000 by offering non-existent cruises.
The scammer “Walter Mitty” created a fake ID in the name of Captain Jonathan Flynn Oliver.
He made up fictitious names of ship officials to convince clients that he was the real deal.
Oliver used the money to live a double life, betraying his wife with a long-term boyfriend who didn’t know he was married.
Newport Crown Court heard his victims included friends who invested their life savings on his once-in-a-lifetime voyage to an exotic country.
Oliver, a father of three with a criminal record of audacious fraud, has been jailed for six years.
Prosecutor Andrew Davies said: “Mr Oliver is at the centre of an intricate web of lies and deception. He is a seasoned liar.
“He didn’t care who he hurt. He cheated and cheated on the people he claimed to love.
He “made money with fake names and job descriptions and lived a life he couldn’t afford.”
The court heard his partner Rhys Burgess believed he was an executive at Jaguar Land Rover, unaware he was married and had three children.
Davies said: “I live two fantasy lives, neither of which I can support on my legal income.
“He started posing as a cruise captain, offering luxury cruises to exotic destinations for a fraction of the prices he would get from travel agents.
“He created the aura of a cruise captain in a variety of ways, including dressing up as a captain when meeting people to discuss possible cruises.
“Then the holiday was cancelled due to ‘security concerns’ abroad or cruise ship issues.”
Former police SWAT Oliver is based in Newport’s Bar Alma to sell non-existent Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises.
He was heavily in debt, lost more than £130,000 on gambling and took out high-interest loans to try to make ends meet.
Jody Oliver Fast and Facts
- Jody Oliver, 44, dressed as P&O captain, scammed victims out of £320,000
- Court heard Oliver was a seasoned liar with a long history of scams
- He was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to fraud charges at Newport Crown Court