Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'S'

Surname: Stackpool
Christian Names: Andrew Michael
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Yass
Service #: Not Known
Service: RAN
Branch: Intelligence
Commencement of service: 06 Mar 67
Completion of service: 21 Jul 14
Case Notes:




Andrew Michael Stackpool was born on the 21 July, 1949. His RAN service records indicate that he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Midshipman on the 6 March, 1967 as an 18 year old.

He is currently the Editor of the Publication "The Navy Reservist".



Stackpool progressed through the ranks to Lieutenant Commander until he retired in July, 2014.

In the photograph below, Lieutenant Commander Stackpool is wearing the higher rank of Captain on his epaulettes and the following medal/ribands. This photograph was downloaded from his Facebook page. However, we believe that the Captains rank is associated with a Mariner's Association of some sort and not the Royal Australian Navy. At least we hope so!

1. Australian Active Service Medal/Riband. (AASM)
2. Vietnam Medal/Riband. (VM)
3. Australian Service Medal/Riband with Clasp FESR (ASM)
4. Defence Force Service Medal/Riband with four clasps (DFSM)
5. National Medal/Riband. (NM)
6. Australian Defence Medal/Riband. (DFM)
7. Vietnam Campaign Medal/Riband. (VCM)

Stackpool, however is not entitled to wear the Vietnam Medal (VM) or the Vietnam Campaign Medal. (VCM)

The Vietnam Medal is awarded for -;


Qualifying service for the Vietnam Medal includes:
• 28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam.
• One or more days on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land.
• One operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese water by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit.
• Official visits either continuous or aggregate of 30 days.
• One day or more by members of accredited philanthropic organisations attached to Australian forces in an official capacity for full-time duty.
between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973.

The Vietnam Campaign Medal is awarded for -;

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was issued by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam for service in the prescribed area of operations in Vietnam during the period commencing on 31 July 1962 and ending on 28 March 1973 for Australian personnel.
The Australian government maintained the basic qualifying criteria specified by the Republic of Vietnam for allied troops. To be eligible for the medal a person must have completed a minimum period of 181 days, either continuous or aggregated, unless:
• killed on active service (KIA);
• wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle Casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds; or
• captured and later released or escaped.
Medical evacuation from the area of operations for any reasons other than wounds received in action does not constitute an exemption from meeting the minimum qualifying period.

Stackpool’s Navy record indicates that he served on the HMAS Anzac between the dates of the 30 March, 1968 to the 28 July, 1968. During this time, the crew of the HMAS Anzac was awarded 19 days active/operational service between the dates of 20 May, 1968 and 7 June, 1968.

Below is the official Australian War Memorial record of Stackpool’s Vietnam operational service.

Therefore, Stackpool has no entitlement to wear either the VM or the VCM medal/ribands as indicated above. He is fraudulently claiming at least 181 days Vietnam operational service when in fact he had 19 days service.

Stackpool is a medals cheat and a fraud.

He is entitled to the Vietnam Logistical Support medal, however he has chosen to display the two medal/ribands above that he has not been awarded to impress others. He has purchased them somewhere.

Below is another later photograph of Stackpool wearing the actual two medals mentioned that he is not entitled to wear. Although blurred, we have enhanced the photograph to establish that he is still wearing the purchased VM and the VCM.

It must be extremely difficult for Senior Officers in the Royal Australian Navy to police the wearing of unentitled medals by their fellow senior Commissioned officers. Otherwise it would not, and should not occur.

Lieutenant Commander Andrew Michael Stackpool and previously exposed Lieutenant Commander Brian Stanley Ferrie, HMAS Cerberus, and Navy Warrant Officer Peter Ritchie, both also on this site, have intentionally and fraudulently worn military medals that they have not been awarded, as have other ranks.

We wonder where this stops or how high it goes? What processes are in place to prevent this from happening? Why does this keep occurring? What sort of message does this send to other ranks.

Stackpool worked as a Public Affairs Consultant at the Australian Defence Department , Canberra, ACT, in the latter years of his service. He was also a Senior Media executive, and was well established with the Navy Reserve News Publication and a Reporter for the “Army, Soldiers Newspaper”.

He should know better. He lacks credibility and integrity and has set a poor example to all junior ratings. He and other Naval personnel we have exposed on this site bring discredit to the Royal Australian Navy by awarding themselves unearned medals.

We welcome reports of any current serviceman or servicewoman who intentionally misrepresent themselves by wearing unearned medals or ribands that they have not been awarded.

Stackpool should apologise for his fraudulent behaviour and he should express these sentiments publicly in the "Navy Reservist" and the "Army, Soldiers Newspaper."

If he does not apologise publicly, then his facade will just continue.

Welcome to the site Lieutenant Commander Andrew Michael Stackpool.

Surname: Stanbury
Christian Names: Vivienne Joan
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: NZ 937
Service: NZ Navy
Branch: Support Branch
Commencement of service: 05 Jan 1953
Completion of service: 1955
Case Notes:


Ms Vivienne Stanbury has devoted a lot of time to the Queensland Returned and Services League (RSL) where she was a Sub Branch President and has now risen to the position of District President.



Ms Stanbury wears two medals, the first is a legitimate New Zealand Defence Force Service Medal (NZDSM) for her service in the New Zealand Navy.   The second is an self purchased "Tin" Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (QEGJM). That should not be worn, but if it is, must be worn on the right breast.

 Here is the "Tin"



The genuine Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal looks entirely different to what Stanbury wears:



Neither the genuine or the "Tin" were approved for issue in New Zealand and had very limited distribution in Australia. Here is the NZ position:



Here is the Australian postion:



 We have a continuous list of people wearing false medals, it is believed they are worn to expand their image to unsuspecting civilians and inexperienced RSL members. Most of those we expose are members of an RSL. Some RSL members and executives seem to not give a "fig" about the trend of their peers to devalue medals by adding fakes to their Racks.

It is time that the RSL produced a National protocol for the wearing of medals. The protocol should reflect instructions from the Office of the Governor General (GG) only. The GGs office is the ultimate authority. There is a mish mash of vague instructions emanating from Federal Government Departments, obviously written by public servants with impressive Academic Degrees who do not understand the value of the integrity of medals. Perhaps because they have not been through the grind of having to earn them.

 Ms Stanbury is entitled to wear the NZDSM although she had very little experience in the New Zealand Navy, having spent less than three years as a shore based Cook. Attaining the NZDSM normally required three years service, however she was given dispensation under a regulation that says:

NZDSM 2011

"If a person was discharged before the required time as a result of discriminatory policy the Chief of the NZ Defence Force could authorise the issue of the medal."

 Ms Stanbury served as a Cook at a NZ Navy Land Base for less than three years Sixty Four years ago when she was a teenager. She has risen through the ranks of the Australian RSL from being a Sub Branch President to her present position of District President. We wonder if those voting Ms Stanbury into high positions were aware of her background and her penchant to wear "Tin" medals?

Ms Stanbury can now, along with her NZ Navy service, and her RSL achievements note, in her Resume that she has been Mentioned in Dispatches on this website and although she has removed her "Tin" medal, a photograph of her "sporting" the medal will remain for at least another Sixty Four years.



Surname: Stannard
Christian Names: David John
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Auckland
City or Town: Howick
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

David John STANNARD of Howick, Auckland New Zealand is the Commodore Surgeon of the Phantom Navy.

David Stannard attended a function celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee held at the Cock and Bull in Newmarket where he told everyone he was the current Chief of the Navy and it was announced as so at the function. He was wearing the rank of Commodore Surgeon, pilot wings and a number of medals.

You will notice he is not giving a Navy salute, but giving an army style salute like I have seen some  slack army officers give over the years.

The correct title in New Zealand is Chief of Naval Staff and that position is held by a Rear Admiral which we will not name.

Photographs of Stannard were taken at the function and placed on a Facebook page and these photographs were seen by ex-members of the Royal New Zealand Navy. They straight away picked that he was not a serving or ex-member of the RNZN.

Enquires were made by these ex-members and even a retired Rear Admiral and it was ascertained that Stannard was a fraud and not know by any high ranking members of the RNZN.

Armed with the photographs, the ex-members went to the Truth newspaper in New Zealand and with a journalist confronted Stannard and when asked by them which navy he belonged to, he replied,

“I am entitled to wear the uniform and medals and they were Merchant Navy, medals and uniform. “

He then left for a business trip to Canada. Before the story was published he was contacted by the journalist only to be advised by Stannard that he was in Canada. You can see Stannard’s replies to questions put to him in the newspaper article.

As you can see from the article, all he had to do was give a straight answer to any questions but he chose to play games.

The Royal New Zealand Defence Force also stated in the article as he was not wearing a NZ Navy uniform and impersonating a serving member, they were not interested. They further stated “In this instance, it appears to be someone who dressed up for the Queen’s Jubilee party.” We received further reliable information that Stannard was seen at an ANZAC service in Auckland wearing the same regalia.

We believe that the NZDF have made a mistake here as he did announce he was the current Chief of the NZ Navy at the function and was greeted as such and therefore was impersonating a serving member of the NZ Navy even though he was not wearing the correct uniform.

As can be seen from the photographs Stannard is wearing Number 1 dress of United Kingdom design with the rank of Commodore Surgeon, the red band indicating he is a surgeon. He is also wearing pilot’s wings on both sleeves. This is incorrect as the pilot wings are worn on one sleeve only. As the photographs are not clear enough we cannot make out what navy the shoulder flashes (which are not correct for the RNZN) indicating who Stannard is supposed to have served with. If anyone can assist us with what the shoulder flashes are you can contact us through our website.

As you can see in the above photograph he is wearing three decorations and they are;

  1. Distinguished Service Order

  2. New Zealand Defence Medal

  3. Order of the Garter Star (which would indicate he was a member of The Most Noble Order of The Garter).




We have carried out enquiries regarding the awards he is wearing and he is not entitled to any of them.

The only Stannard (1902-1977) we could find that was awarded the Distinguished Service Order was a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve during World War 2 and his full awards for the war were the Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order, Reserve Decoration, Norwegian War Cross with Sword and Mentioned in Despatches twice. A distinguished and honourable war record for a Naval officer.

The ex-navy members in New Zealand have also been carrying out enquiries with a number of countries and he is not registered as a surgeon on their medical register. He also does not belong to any Commonwealth navy that wears the British design uniform which he is wearing.

We have also received information from a reliable source that a David John Stannard served in the New Zealand Army, but it cannot be confirmed that this is the same person who appears in the navy uniform. If you did serve with a David Stannard in the army and can help in clarifying if it is the same person, you can do so through our website.

David John STANNARD, you are a wannabe of the highest order. You have shown a total disrespect to serving and ex-serving members of the Royal New Zealand Navy by claiming to be their Chief of Staff. The wearing of false decorations especially those of a high order is a further sign of your contempt to all members serving in the armed forces around the world and you have earned your place on our website.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Starcevich
Christian Names: George Edward
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Esperance
Service #: R94731
Service: RAN
Branch: Chef
Commencement of service: 06 Jan 1965
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

George Edward Starcevich is the current President of the Esperance RSL Sub-Branch in West Australia.

He has been a member of the Esperance community for many years, even serving as a Shire Councillor. In fact, the Starcevich name is well known in the area, with several generations having gone off to serve their country in every major conflict since World War One. His uncle, Private Leslie ‘Tom’ Starcevich, was awarded the Victoria Cross in World War Two.

Starcevich joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Junior Recruit in 1965, eventually qualifying as a Chef. He had a number of sea postings, the most notable being on HMAS Sydney, where he accumulated 182 days Vietnam service, transporting troops and supplies between Australia and Vietnam.

Starcevich 1 2

The above photo of Starcevich is just one of a number since 2013, when he has attended veterans commemorative services and other public events where he has represented the Returned Services League (RSL). In each photo he is wearing a number of medals for all to see.

Starcevich served his country, saw active service, and was awarded the appropriate medals for that service. However, he has gone just that little bit further and added two commemorative medals to his rack (medals 3 and 4 on the bottom row). Why he did this is anyone’s guess, but it is usually out of vanity and a need to feel important.

Starcevich 2

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service, or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian Honours and Awards system. Protocol dictates that unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events. However, if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

The two medals above are commemorative ‘tin’ originally commissioned by a Naval association associated with HMAS Sydney, “The Vung Tau Ferry”. Before the early 1990’s there was no recognition for the Navy personnel who crewed the support ships serving Australians in Vietnam. Because of this, Naval associations produced their own. The VLSM was later instituted by the Commonwealth to provide official recognition.

The medal on the left was only available to association members who had served on the Sydney and the other is the Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal. These are purchased medals, commonly referred to as ‘tin’ medals. They are mere trinkets.

Of note, the directive, that clearly displayed on the front page of the HMAS Sydney Association website, in bold red lettering, is the following:

“It is advisable that members do not wear commemorative medals alongside their awarded medals. Commemorative medals should be worn on your right breast”.

Time and time again, RSL Sub-Branch executive members appear on the ANZMI site due to their total lack of integrity through failing to uphold basic rules, regulations and protocols. This is compounded by the fact that at State level, the RSL seems to turn a blind eye to such behaviour, in fact, there are no references to the wearing of ‘tin’ medals on the website of any State RSL Branch.

George Edward Starcevich, please take your place on the increasing parade of like-minded cheats and wannabees.

Surname: Stathopoulos
Christian Names: Alexandros
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Case Notes:
Alexandros Stathopoulos of Melbourne failed officer and failed wannabe

This is a simple exposure about a simple bloke who could not “cut the mustard” at Royal Military College Duntroon (RMC). During his short stay at Duntroon he started his wannabe career which caused his military career to be curtailed.




Not everyone is suited to be an Army Officer.  A rigid selection and training program is used to make sure that when Army Officers graduate they have all the attributes expected of an Australian Defence Force, Commissioned Officer. Stathopoulos enlisted to attend RMC Duntroon, Canberra in January 2006 but was discharged from the Army in February 2007. He spent his whole Army Career in Canberra and was never deployed to any overseas operations.

Stathopoulos advertises a completely different version of his military history on the Social Media Internet system LinkedIn.





Stathopoulos claims to have served in the Defence Force as a General Staff Officer (GSO) and also claims medals resulting from overseas deployments.

He was never a Commissioned Officer in the Defence Force and never went anywhere to earn medals.

We are reliably advised that during his time at RMC he indulged in fancifully and misleading information in other Social media. He claimed service with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) with operational deployments to Afghanistan. The Social Media entry included photographs of him in Military uniforms with embellishments, and awards, he was not entitled to wear, included an SASR beret. Stathopoulos was disciplined by the RMC for that behaviour.

Social Media is a popular tool for Defence Force Wannabes. In recent times we have had numerous cases reported, investigated and the culprits exposed.

To be a wannabe like Alexandros Stathopoulos is to be an idiot, because Veterans, ex Service Men and Women and interested Civilians all over Australia and New Zealand are aware of ANZMI and are quick to report suspected malfeasance.

From this day on, whenever Alexandros Stathopoulos’s name is typed into an internet search engine this entry will appear.

Be a wannabe at your own risk


This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Stevens
Christian Names: Robert Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Stevens is a very cunning and devious person who in 1996 attended an office of the Department of Veterans Affairs [DVA] in Sydney and provided a false service number and a false name to obtain, by deception, repatriation benefits as a returned Serviceperson.  Stevens obtained and used the identity of a genuine Viet Nam Veteran to obtain a repatriation benefits card entitling him to treatment for medical conditions through DVA.


Note the use of Viet Nam Veteran Association badges on the hat of this convicted fraud and Identity thief

On 21 May 2000 a Viet Nam Veterans counsellor with the Viet Nam Veterans Counselling Service in Paramatta, Sydney rang Stevens to arrange counselling services in Armadale, NSW, close to where Stevens was residing at that stage.  Stevens at this stage was residing in Glen Innes, NSW.   During the course of the conversation the counsellor smelt a rat and on 24 May 2000 this person contacted the DVA and advised them that "in this persons opinion, Stevens was NOT a Viet Nam Veteran and that he needed psychiatric evaluation.   It was this advice that finally saw an investigation into Stevens lengthy fraud of the DVA take place.

As at 23 August 2000 Stevens had Fraudulently obtained DVA benefits and treatment  totalling  AUD $60,204:00.   This amount was therefore removed from use by genuine Veterans in need, by this bogus thief.

On 19 July 2000 at Palm Beach Police Station in Queensland Stevens was interviewed and questioned about his supposed Viet Nam Service and was told that he had falsely advised the DVA that he was a Veteran .  At this very time Stevens was attending an eight week post traumatic stress disorder course funded by the DVA at the Currumbin Hospital, Palm Beach, Queensland......more misuse of the genuine Veterans entitlements.

Stevens was now being backed into a corner.  He then attempted to ring and intimidate and offer death threats to the DVA staff.  Stevens no doubt had picked up a few "tricks" while attending this PTSD course and decided to try the "psycho nutter" Veteran approach in threatening people from the safe distance of his phone.

Stevens is a real hero who, over the phone, will offer threats of violence but when confronted by genuine Veterans cowers and quivers and hides behind his wife's skirt.  He proved this when confronted in the Lismore Court house when Veterans from all across Australian and New Zealand appeared to see this war hero sentenced for stealing their benefits.   This hero did have the intestinal fortitude once to punch a police officer when he was questioned, however, this officer was a policewoman and he punched her in the face and broke her jaw in several places.  A genuine hero who really showed his true colours at this time.  Stevens was charged with this on 20 April 1999 and was sentenced to six months imprisonment, again suspended for a period of 18 months good behaviour.  The law again letting down the public and allowing this heroic bogus war Veteran woman basher to walk free.

On 8 April 2000, less than twelve months into his suspended sentence, he was again charged at Glenn Innes, NSW for malicious destruction of property and assaulting a police officer.  Again Stevens walked free.  This fellow has at this stage had a charmed, protected life.

Stevens at about this time joined an internet chat area for serving and retired soldiers and proceeded to put his fictitious Military life on the net for all to see. [see more on this below] He was quickly picked out as a fraud and was promised some swift Veteran justice by several on the site.  Our hero then decided that it was time to move his location again before he was paid a visit by a real Veteran.  Stevens kept up his masquerade and even attempted to enlist the help of a genuine Veteran to gather information he could use in court to attest to his fictitious service.  What a fatal mistake this was for our hero as the friend he got off the net was a member of CPMH who threw him the bait and he took it hook line and sinker.

To assist in extracting information from this liar another CPMH member started to email Stevens at his email address here vetssin@hotmail.com pulling apart his claims of service.  He would then reply to his "friend" seeking sympathy.   This information in turn was sent to the other member and the circle of entanglement had Stevens tripping over his own lies and allowed CPMH to always know where he was living and his phone details.  The email address was still active as at the date this page was placed on the internet, 14 November 2003, so please feel free to email him and express your feelings with him.  If he offers violence in his return correspondence  then we would be happy to give you his home location details. 

He will never be able to hide from the Veterans he has stolen so much from and if he didn't have genuine PTSD before we can only hope we can contribute to his getting it now so that he gets to know exactly what it is all about. Read on and you will see why Veterans need to always know where this fellow is.  We must ensure that he never has the ability to infiltrate the DVA or any other form of Government assistance scheme again. 

He is a bludger who is not prepared to work for an honest living and will use any means available to prey on the system for handouts.  We will ensure that he is not capable of doing this in the future by monitoring his every move and ensuring the Veterans in his neighbourhood know where he is and what he is doing no matter where he may attempt to move to.

Stevens was convicted on 23 October 2003, of stealing from the Government [DVA] and is now only required to pay the original sum back plus a slap on the wrist fine of $3,000 for all the trouble he has caused.  The punishments in Australia must be reviewed to stop people such as Stevens walking away with a smirk on his face.........and nothing else.   To our way of thinking this wannabe should have been sentenced to ten years in prison, which is the maximum penalty permitted in such a case, to both punish an unscrupulous thief and to deter other wannabe’s from following the same modus operandi.
After reading this story please respond with your thoughts on this matter to the site through the information@anzmi.net area.  Your thoughts and comments minus your personal details will be collated and forwarded to the appropriate authorities in the hope that it will open their eyes and show them what a disgrace these people are to our community.

Stevens’ claims of service in Viet Nam as a medic cum computer expert are totally unbelievable to anyone who had ever served in the Australian Army at the time.

On a Military based chat site, he claimed to have been a member of the Citizens Military Force, CMF, and from there, posted directly to the Jungle Training Unit prior to departure to Viet Nam.   He had no service in the Australian Regular Army, ARA, in Australia so therefore there are no records that may be checked so he claimed. One record we did find shows him as having served with the CMF in the Medical Corps, 1966.  He was in this unit just long enough to learn how to tie his boot laces.
While being questioned as to his supposed service in Viet Nam he was very vague as to the positioning of Battalions at Nui Dat, of course he is vague because he’d never been there, and all the while fingered his “Only Memento” of his Viet Nam war service. Unfortunately for this wannabe this memento was an Infantry hat badge, he didn’t even realise that the Medical Corps had a completely different hat badge.

Stevens claims to have been attached to 1 ATFHQ, Nui Dat, as a medic and then attached to 1 RAR and 4 RAR, again as a medic. While with one of these Battalions he claims he was wounded but remained in the field, he dug shrapnel from his hand with a safety pin two months after the event. The man whose identity he stole was wounded around this time. Is this coincidental or has he researched the man who's identity he has stolen?  This is a trait of the bogus Veteran.
The designation, 1 ATFHQ, is not correct and this mistake would not be made by anyone who served in the unit.

Stevens  is a convicted liar and thief but we should look at other units he claims to have served with.

Further claims.
Detached to the US 187th Airborne Brigade. He claimed being someone who could teach the 187th to do other than use uphill bayonet charges. He also claims to have been a computer expert working on Honeywell and IBM machines for the Americans at this time. He made mention of visiting a Fire Base south-east of Hue on the road to Hill 937 aka Dong Ap Bai (sic) He didn’t use the name Hamburger Hill but any student of the Viet Nam War would know that the first two names refer to this hill.
He said he wasn’t involved in the battle but the mere mention of this place conjures up images of valiant service. He used a deprecating method of referring to his service as a non-combatant which was calculated to add credibility to his derring-do stories.
Just one of the problems with his story was that the US 187th Airborne Brigade did not exist. There was however, the 187th Infantry Battalion, Airmobile, attached to 101st Airborne Brigade.

Stevens goes on to claim he was detached to the II ARVN Ranger Group C. This unit did not exist either. There was the 2nd ARVN Rangers, no Group C. His supposed duties in this phantom unit are unclear.

Detached to 3 SOG. Stevens was again a computer expert. This unit did not exist either, maybe this impostor was inferring MACVSOG but was being clever again in not using correct unit designations that can be easily checked.  Or is the truth of the matter here the fact that this bogus Veteran really had no idea what he was talking about?

 Earlier last year he used the codename "Mad Charlie" in messages to an Army related website where he was “searching” for friends he said he served with. In the main these names were fictitious or the names of deceased people.
He stated that his service records post 1967 are “Locked up, can’t be accessed” an old,  familiar tune! What he fails to say here is that he was that brazen that he went to the Central Army Records Office, Melbourne, Victoria, to try to convince them that they had "lost" his Military Records.  Unfortunately for Stevens the Army have very good records and he was told to his face that he was an impostor and to go away and think about what he was doing.
He said he is known as Mad Charlie because he has an I.Q. of 160 and used to sign off email messages with “DING HAO” which he later said is Chinese for good luck. Yes, the words are Chinese but they mean “VERY GOOD” not “Good Luck”……..160 IQ ? Yeah, right.

This case was initially investigated by CPMH after a Veteran reported him to us.  We ensured that Stevens appeared in a local newspaper as a bogus Veteran.   We made sure that our information was brought to the attention of the Today Tonight TV program and the Department of Veterans Affairs pursued the case with the Director of Public Prosecutions, [DPP], carried it further and obtained a court conviction.

Prior to this conviction finally being obtained on 23 October 2003, Stevens was ordered to appear in court on several occasions.  He failed to appear at court each time and this was duly reported in the Tweed Heads Local Newspapers.

Angry Veterans attended the Tweed Heads Magistrates court on several occasions to see this miscreant and to watch him get convicted for stealing the identity and repatriation benefits of a genuine Veteran.  His failure to appear was seen to be upsetting the magistrate immensely and this was detected by the Veterans in the gallery.  Was this also detected by Stevens legal representative and was this why the case was moved to the Lismore court rooms?  I guess the answer to this will never be known.  Stevens was then alerted to the fact that the local Veterans were onto him.  He packed up all his possessions and moved to NSW.  Interestingly he purchased a property at Bega, NSW, for just under the amount of money he had defrauded the government for.

Finally on appearing in the Magistrates court in Lismore NSW in August 2003, Stevens pleaded guilty to impersonating a Veteran and claiming a total AUD $64,200:00 in benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This guilty plea effectively removed all chances of witnesses for the DPP to be put on the stand.   However Stevens lawyer, who is a genuine Viet Nam Veteran, applied to withdraw the guilty plea after it had been lodged and applied for a Psychological assessment of Stevens to be done under the mental health provision of the Crimes Act section 20 BQ.   This section we now refer to as the "Klinger clause" .  It was reported in the Lismore Newspapers as the article below

 This conviction was based on Steven’s confession in court of his guilt, so the witnesses lined up to testify to his lies were not required to provide their evidence. Some of those witnesses had travelled some distance and were in frail health due to their genuine service.  Their evidence would have been damning to the case but the cunning of the defence lawyer avoided them being called.

Stevens subsequently appeared in court on 11th August 2003 for sentencing, but then said that his previous plea of guilty was  obtained "under duress" and went on to claim being of "unsound mind".   The witnesses, who could have presented the damning evidence, were now not in the court to provide the Magistrate with the facts, so he had little option but to postpone the sentencing.  Again angry Veterans appeared in the Lismore Court to eyeball this thief of honour.   The tension could be sensed by all in the court surroundings and on a couple of occasions Veterans had to be restrained from carrying out their own form of justice.  Stevens, the whole time in the waiting room, trembled and perspiration ran down through the fear seen on his face.  Why would a genuine Veteran be scared to be in a room with brothers?   All Veterans present could see through the "Klinger Clause" he had presented.   The majority of the Veterans present had been diagnosed with PTSD and were prone to exploding at the slightest indication.  Stevens had gained this information on his "PTSD course" and would have been fully aware of how quickly any one of these Veterans could have lost their cool and bashed him right there in the relative safety of the courtroom waiting area.   He remained very close to his wife, possibly for her  protection against the Veterans, while waiting to be called into the court. However the instilled discipline these men had obtained while serving was still present and even after the case was adjourned yet again Stevens managed to walk out without damage.  It was noted that he could look at nothing but the carpet as he walked between the ranks of the disgruntled diggers.  He is a true hero.

It is difficult not to come to the conclusion that the “guilty” plea entered was calculated to prevent the witnesses being heard, and then when they were out of the picture, the plea was changed via the “Klinger Clause” to allow a “bleeding heart” defence. Stevens isn’t smart enough to have figured that out (160 IQ or not) and it has the feel of a clever defence from one who knows the DPP and DVA.

At the hearing held  23 October 2003  he was convicted and sentenced under the Crimes Act 20BQ (Psych) , what we refer to as the “Klinger Clause”. The sentence was for a two year custodial sentence, subsequently suspended conditional on Stevens following a reporting regime to local mental health officials and re-paying the stolen sum back to the Commonwealth.  

 During this protracted stage, we refrained from presenting this case on the website to allow judicial processes to proceed unhindered and avoid any possible suggestion of vigilante justice. Stevens has now, with much assistance, beaten the formal system.   This so called "Psych" case then proceeded to email his Veteran friend and brag about beating the system.  Below is that email.   Again the CPMH member who "befriended" him extracted details of his whereabouts and his current location.

----- Original Message -----

> >From: "Robert Stevens" <vetssin@hotmail.com>

> >Subject: Re: Heading East
> >Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 15:53:35 +1000
> >
> >
> >Great to hear you're fit to travel; it's a long trip, but should be
> >enjoyable in short hops.  As for accommodation; we don't have a great house
> >yet, but plenty of space and power to hook up to, if you'd like to save a
> >little money.  Our shower is a little limited, but I might be able to get
> >the gas connected to our new , better shower in the carport by the 28th. 
> >LPG hot water system, and all plumbing done, but no gas, 'cause no money.
> >Our phone is (02)XXXXXXXX or we're on Optus after 8.00 p.m. free for
> >twenty minutes on 04212XXXX or XXX. Travelling through Bega? 
Then contact us for his phone numbers so you can have a chat

> >Alternatively, the caravan parks.   'Phone number at Kalaru (five minutes
> >from beach) is (02)XXXXXXXX or Merimbula (next to beach) 02 XXXXXXXX
> >Pambula (slightly inland from Merimbula) 02 XXXXXXXX.  These are cooler
> >than Bega.  Bega park no. is 02 XXXXXXXX.
> >Supposed to see the ticker specialist on 19/11, for six month check-up;
> > feel like I'm slowly getting better with less stress from the court jester.
> >
> > Ended up having to put my hand up for incorrect info. on DVA application;
> >then we all walk.  The lady prosecutor was taken off the case after the
> >July hearing fiasco outside the court; and they sent a nice, young male
> >negotiator.  I think he was a bit terrified of the uninformed rent-a-crowd
> >that came down for the hearing.  I wouldn't blame him; and I put my bit in
> >by saying to him that I expected a quiet and civilised court, in my best
> >meaningful voice.
> >
> >I'm supposed to see a shrink down here for the next two years; but the team
> >has already said they don't think I'm loony.  Curses, missed out again!
> >

> >SWMBO says I have to be a very good boy, and keep my nose clean.
> >
> >She has some rocket (lettuce) planted, and salvaged the pot plants and
> >trees, which have been sadly neglected over winter.  We've planted twelve
> >Red Cedars (the real cedars, not that Western rubbish), and are slowly
> >sorting out the yard.
> >
> >One day we'll even get around to building a house.
> >
> >O.K. Give us a ring when you get close, and we'll sort out a meeting point.
> >
> >Have a good trip and relax.
> >
> >Best,
> >
> >Merle and Rob.

Fair question. How did this person apply for and obtain D.V.A. benefits just by claiming a name change in 1976 from Ronald Charles Seivers to Robert Charles Stevens using a stolen Discharge Certificate belonging to Ronald Richard Sievers.?

We’ll lay out the names. Would you be fooled by this?

Robert Charles Stevens….Says his name was changed from,
Ronald Charles Seivers…..and then fraudulently used documents belonging to,
Ronald Richard Sievers…..to gain a  DVA White card and then go on to apply for a TPI.

Look at the surnames alone.   SEIVERS. (fake)….SIEVERS. (genuine)
Could this thief have used a typewriter computer or pen to make an alteration on official documents? Of course he could have.   Its very easy to do and he has shown he has a flair for using the computer on the Military chat site and in emails he has exchanged with others..
Sievers….to …..Stevens. (the “i” becomes a “t” and the “r” becomes an “n”)

We can’t even begin to imagine how the incorrect middle name was not noticed by DVA. Charles and Richard aren’t even close except that they both contain 7 letters.

So how did this impostor pass muster at D.V.A.?
Why wasn’t a cursory search made in the nominal roll? The difference in middle and surnames is apparent to all but it would appear not to DVA at the time.
Why wasn’t change of name documentation asked for?
Why weren’t service records checked?  It is believed that one of the witnesses for the prosecution, had he been called, could have verified that there were no records available for Stevens for Viet Nam.
We will probably never, never, know.

What do you feel about this, you genuine Veterans who are having difficulties in obtaining your rightful compensation? You were made to stand in line while this liar and impostor had his claims attended to. There was a lot of money allocated to his welfare that could have gone to genuine Veterans. Between 1996, when this all began and now, how many of our mates have taken their own lives because they have been shunned by the lengthy process taken by the Department in repatriating genuine Veterans?

Stevens is now a convicted fraud and thief. He was handed down a two year prison sentence which was suspended. He is required to pay $67,000, basically being a refund of the money he stole from genuine Veterans, be of good behaviour for two years while attending a Bega Psychiatrist and must notify the Psych if he leaves the Bega area.

We don’t feel that this is sufficient punishment nor a deterrent to others who would follow the same crooked path. We do not regard him as a former serviceman gone bad, but rather a civilian who wormed his way into the ranks of Veterans talking the talk of the Veteran.
His photo and story will remain on this site for the term of his natural life. His whereabouts will also be constantly monitored and updated on here.  Due to our policy regarding civilians, no apologies to the Veteran Community will be accepted and removal of his details from this site will not be considered.

Stevens wrote in an email, “I grow old and the world grows darker around me, every day new places, every day new places.” (sic)
How prophetic.

Believe us when we say that there are others like him out there, the liars and thieves that are receiving compensation benefits that could have gone to genuine people.  We are well aware of another,  a Citizens Military Forces Officer, later Army Reservist, who has never been in the Regular Army but is in receipt of an 80% Veterans Affairs pension and was issued a set of genuine Viet Nam medals on the orders of a Regular Army Officer.   This person has ripped our system off to the tune of approximately $400,000 dollars to date and possibly may have gotten away with it forever except for the fact that he has now retired and decided it was time to apply for the full TPI benefits. 

A plus here for the DVA assessor who saw through this persons supposed TWO WEEKS service in Viet Nam.   CPMH have been tracking this fellow now for a long period of time and have supplied a lot of information to the Departments fraud squad to have this fellow charged.   Again we will sit in the background until his case is dealt with by the courts and then we will see what the outcome is.  The interesting aside to this case is that the same Lawyer that defended Stevens in now defending this bogus Veteran.   One would have thought that the fact that the lawyer is a Veteran would have indicated a conflict of interests and he would have given the case away.

We have some more tagged and they will be bagged.
Until the Government does something about the willingness of the Federal Police, Director of Public Prosecutions and DVA to take a harder line with these frauds, what is presented on this website and by Today Tonight is just about all you will ever know about them.

This lowlife, Stevens, is now a resident of Bega, on the south coast of New South Wales.  If he choses to move from this location we will be advised by alert Veterans and this page will be updated accordingly.
He has escaped a lengthy prison sentence with the aid of a solicitor who is a Veteran and was a TPI until he was rehabilitated and found that he was able to work again.

Several Viet Nam Veterans attended this hearing on 23/10/03 and voiced their displeasure at the outcome to this solicitor. Stevens was also challenged by an enraged Veteran at his previous court appearance when another large group attended wearing all their decorations and awards. 

As a final note, think of this.
The DVA Officer who originally granted benefits to this impostor thinking that he or she was doing the right thing by a disturbed Veteran is probably no longer a DVA Officer.
Procedures for the processing of claims will probably be tightened up if they haven’t been already and genuine Veterans will find it even harder to gain DVA assistance. You ex-service people who are waiting on decisions will possibly have to wait a lot longer than what would have been the normal time and you’re going to have some tougher questions to answer.
Should you find yourself in this position, you can thank Robert Charles Stevens of Bega for this.  If passing through his area drop in for a beer and thank him personally.  He claims PTSD so it may as well be kept alive.  His address will also be on the electoral roll, or if you have a look in the white pages on line, look for M. Stevens, not R. Stevens. [He is hiding behind his wife's skirt again.]  Bega and you can ring and have a chat.

With regard to Stevens’ supposed diminished responsibility due to his mental state. A CPMH team member offered this piece of sound advice to those who let him off so lightly.

If he can do the crime with this condition, he can do the time with this condition. 

As a finale at the moment to this poor excuse for a human being's story, the email below was just received. Please note the yellow highlighted area below.   Failure of the judicial system to recover this money and the Veteran community will make no mistake about Stevens paying it.  After all it is their money so it is in their interest to see it recovered.  Visits may have to be arranged by Veterans to make house calls each payday to ensure that the money is given back to DVA.   Personally escorted visits to the bank are not out of the question here as genuine TPI Veterans have  time on their hands to ensure that this will happen and would welcome any resistance by Stevens in not complying.

> >From: "Robert Stevens" <vetssin@hotmail.com>

> >To:

> >Subject: Travellin' East.

> >Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 13:46:05 +1000

> >Hi, XXXXXX,

> >Gotta let you know more detail about the court case.

> >We finally settled on me pleading guilty to mistakes on my

> >application form; and they want a refund of $45k in medical costs..

> >At the last hearing, we were on our knees financially, and Merle blew

> >up and walked out on me in the middle of the fight.

> >So, I settled; and walked away with a big debt hanging over my head;

> >one which DVA will never recover.

> >From my point of view, I'm not happy, but have to accept the unacceptable;

> >and not get too worked up about it. Starting back on cardiac rehab

> >next week, now that the stress level has dropped.

> >The point is, XXXXXX; you would not be the first Digger to turn his

> >back on me over this issue. It was claimed that I used another Vet's

> >gold card and name; which was not the case; and a lot of hostility has come my way

> >over this, and also my solicitor and the Public Prosecutor copped

> >flak as well. So, in the prevailing situation; should you decide not to see us or

> >talk to us, I will understand; and I have no wish to place anyone in a

compromising situation.  It would be nice to see you; but we felt you should know the

> >situation before committing yourself.  Apart from that, have a good trip; and take it easy.

> >Regards,

> >Bob and Merle.

It should be noted here that his "friend" has all his home address details and should he call in on his proposed trip he just might get to meet another of the "Diggers who will show hostility his way" as he put it above.  Heed your own words Mr Stevens.

The lesson to be learned here for all bogus Veterans.   Take off the unearned awards, stay out of our compensation system and Ex Service Organisations because not one Viet Nam Veteran was de programmed after the end of hostilities and we were all trained "to capture and hold ground and seek out and destroy the enemy."  Bogus Veterans are the new age enemy.



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-----Original Message-----
From: Army
   Sent: Monday, 5 January 2004 2:01 AM
To: file@cpmh.net
Subject: Stevens

As someone who tried to serve his country with honour in Vietnam i  can only voice my disgust at what this person has done and the totally inadequate penalty .Reading his emails i reach the conclusion that he feels no remorse and feels hard done by and will not attempt to repay the money fraudulently received. Matter of fact he seem quite proud of himself. Having had a close family member murdered i am once again astounded by the way the justice system protects the criminal and ignores the rights of the victim and society. I have friends in Bega who will be glad to extract some rough justice from this scumbag if required. Keep up the great work you are doing exposing these scum and let us hope the judiciary will start imposing proper sentences.


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