Questions have been raised over a bailiff's claims that he is a law graduate and a war hero who employs a High Court judge in his enforcement business.
According to Peter Jackson, a Liberal Democrat councillor who actually was the Mayor of Otley for a time, he graduated from Sandhurst with a law degree, became a soldier in the Special Investigative Branch of the Royal Military Police, and rose to the rank of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel.
However, a group of amateur sleuths who identify possible cases of stolen valour, The Walter Mitty Hunters Club, grew suspicious after seeing photographs of Jackson in a sloppy uniform and a chestful of medals, and tracked down ex-soldiers from his alleged unit who said they had no recollection of Jackson.
The Royal Military Police Association had no record of Jackson having served, let alone proof that he was a distinguished war hero awarded medals "including the GSM NI, which is embellished with an Oak Leaf, indicating that he was Mentioned in Despatches", and "a South Atlantic Medal with Rosette, awarded to those who served in the Falklands War of 1982".
Jackson runs Crown Services Ltd, a bailiff agency which purports to carry out enforcement actions on behalf of solicitors. However, it also appears to be afflicted with a possible case of the didn't happens.
Crown Services' website states that Jackson "obtained an Hons degree in law and is a member of the International Bar Association (Pro Bono)", and paints him as the Liam Neeson of bailiffs who worked "in the investigation industry where he applied his special skills in many Investigative techniques".
Records reveal that Crown Services is one of over 3,000 companies registered to a virtual office address in Hatton Garden. It may not require much floor space, as Jackson's three colleagues may not exist. If they do, it is a stunning coup for a bailiff, as 'Nigel O'Boyle', Crown Services' Senior Associate, is apparently a High Court judge.
Despite looking about 28 in his profile photo, O'Boyle allegedly graduated from Cambridge in 1982 and "spent many years working in America representing several celebrity clients", before returning to the UK where his "career flourished and he is currently a high court judge".
There does not appear to be any such judge, and the profile photo of the Honourable Mr Justice Nigel O'Boyle is a stock photo of a model which has been used on numerous other websites.
The profiles of Jackson's two other 'associates', 'Denise M Silva' and 'Nancy R Bakken', also use stock photos.
According to Crown Services, "Denise is the chairperson of several Industry bodies and sits on the Fraud Advisory panel", while Bakken was "called to the bar in 2006" and "became an associate of Crown Services in 2012 after we used her services for some complex case".
A testimonial praises Bakken and Jackson for assisting "on a very high profile case and pleased to say that with their help we won our case for the client". RollOnFriday's attempt to trace the testimonial's source, 'Jones & Jones Solicitors' was unsuccessful.
Jackson did not respond to a request for comment, but Otley Town Council said in a statement that "we have received the resignation of Otley Town Councillor Peter Jackson with immediate effect".