Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Ratkovcic aka Mathew
Christian Names: Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Heathridge, Perth
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Completion of service: 2014
Case Notes:

 

Robert Ratkovcic, served in the RAN as a Commissioned Officer however he has now changed his name to Robert Mathew. Since resigning from the RAN, he worked as a paid Executive Officer (XO), of Legacy Western Australia.


Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. They currently care for around 52,000 beneficiaries, with 82% (over 76 years of age) of them being elderly widow, widowers throughout Australia.
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We hold Statutory Declarations detailing that Ratkovcic aka Mathew had medals on display in his office, that included an Australian Service Medal with Clasp "Special Ops" He explained to other Legacy executives that the medal and clasp was for "service aboard a Submarine on special operations". That is a lie, he failed his Officer Submarine training course and was never a crew, member of a Submarine during special operations.

Here is the Australian service medal and the "Special Ops" clasp that is affixed to the medal:


But that's not all. Legacy Australia has a superb history of caring for families of ex Defence members. It is a Charitable organization that depends on the honesty and integrity of those who manage and administer it. In the position of XO, Ratkovcic, who falsely claimed to have been awarded an Australian Service Medal with clasp (Special Ops), stole money and goods designated for the benefit of widows, widowers, children, orphans and disabled beneficiaries.

He was charged with thirty offences. Six were stealing and a further twenty-four were fraud offences. In all cases, the ultimate victims were beneficiaries of Legacy WA.

For example:

He purchased a couch using the trust fund of a disabled legacy beneficiary. Ratkovcic aka Mathew then had it delivered to his own residence, and the disabled beneficiary received nothing except an account deficient of approximately $1900.

He used 5 Legacy gift cards (used for widows and wards) to buy a dress for a newly bereaved widow to wear to her husbands funeral. It was in fact used to buy his daughter a dress.

Below are details of the fraud and stealing charges laid against Ratkovcic, aka Matthew by WA Police.

Stealing as servant 1 charge
Fraud 24 charges
Stealing 5 charges.
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Ratkovcic aka Mathew at the Perth Court



Initially he pleaded not guilty to all charges and that prolonged court action for many months. Finally, on 19 May 2020, he pleaded guilty to nineteen of the thirty charges. Prosecutors agreed to the withdrawal of 11 of the 30 charges if Ratcovcic was to enter a plea of guilty for the remaining 19. A factor was the age and health of a number of witnesses.

He is on bail, and to be sentenced on 21 July 2020, we will update this matter then.

Corruption, fraud and theft by an ex RAN Commissioned Officer is as dishonourable as it gets. An ex commissioned Officer who steals from a Defence related charity is simply beyond any pity.

We include him in our compliment of wannabes and cheats for falsely claiming to have participated in "Special Operations" aboard RAN Submarines, however, because of his deplorable dishonesty, even having him on our website, is an insult to all the other villains, malefactors and scoundrels that are listed.

Surname: Blair
Christian Names: Ian Douglas
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Narrabri
Case Notes:

 

It is unusual for a person to have survived as a fake Vietnam Veteran for forty years. Ian Douglas Blair, has maintained that charade in the town of Narrabri, in regional NSW for that long. The longer the charade, the harder the fall, and forty years ensures a very loud "thud", when the six thousand people of Narrabri learn of his deceit


There were twenty nine people from Narrabri who served in the war in Vietnam. All are listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) website, Ian Blair is not listed.


In any case, he was born 2 February 1954, and no Australian Army personnel, below the age of nineteen years served in Vietnam.

There were no Australian Army units in Vietnam after February 1973, when Blair would have been nineteen years old. Of course Blair has addressed this anomaly by stating he lied about his age to the Army, on enlistment.

We hold Statutory Declaration, with details of Blair's antics over the years.

Blair has said he served with 10th Royal Australian Regiment (10 RAR). No such unit ever served in Vietnam during the war.

He avowed never to have anything to do with DVA, or the Returned and Services League (RSL), however, he does attend ANZAC day commemorations, and has wept over the memories of his "service". "Crocodile tears" for "crocodile service". He has said that it is "too hard to talk about his Vietnam service".

He also declares that he was awarded a Victoria Cross (VC) and a United States Purple Heart medal for his Vietnam service. He never wears medals, as like many on this website, claims he "threw them overboard on the sea journey back to Australia".

We are pleased to relieve Blair of the stress and anxiety of wondering when he would be exposed as a liar and a wannabe. He can now live without weeping on Anzac day, and will no longer have to remember what lies he has told.

Should he desire to apologize to those from Narrabri who actually served in the Vietnam war, we will be happy to furnish him with the names of the twenty two Soldiers, four Sailors, and three Airmen from Narrabri who did serve the hard yards in Vietnam.

Like Blair, those who falsely claim to be returned veterans will eventually experience the shame of exposure, and learn that the kudos of their false service, is surpassed by public shame, particularly in small regional towns like Narrabri.

Welcome aboard Ian Blair and throwing medals overboard on HMAS ANZMI is frowned upon

Surname: Brooks
Christian Names: Benjamin Mathew
Country: Australia
State or Province: NT
City or Town: Darwin
Service #: *224017
Service: Army
Branch: RAA
Commencement of service: 03 Jul 01
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

BROOKS UPDATE - JUNE 2020

In 2017 Benjamin Mathew Brooks was mentioned in ANZMI despatches for wearing four medals and an Army Combat Badge (ACB). Two of the medals and the ACB were fake.

He now wears six medals and three badges. Two of the medals, and one clasp are fake, one badge is not to be worn, except on Army uniform, and one of the badges is fake. Here are two photographs of Brooks, one from 2017, the other from 2020, showing his latest medals and badges display.


His current rack consists of:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM). Not entitled
Iraq Medal. Not entitled
Australian Service Medal (ASM) with two clasps. Entitled to the medal, but to only one clasp.
Operational Service Medal - Border Protection (OSM-BP) Entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) Entitled
Timor Leste Solidarity Medal (TLSM) Entitled

Note that he wears two clasps on his Australian Service Medal. One would be for Timor, but he has no service that would result in a second clasp. (Shown on the right hand photograph of him above)

He also wears, the:

Australian Army Individual Readiness Badge (AIRN) which is to be worn only on Army uniform, by those who meet the criterion at a specific time. It was issued to Brooks but is not to be worn on civilian dress.


An Army Combat Badge (ACB) which is a military decoration that is awarded to any member of the Australian Defence Force for service with an Army combat element in warlike operations. Brooks does not meet that criterion. Not entitled


Operational Service Badge - Border Protection, is issued with the Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) He would have been awarded this badge in concurrence with the OSM-BP for Operation Relex. Entitled


In summary he now wears:

Six medals of which these two below, are fake.


Two badges, the AIRN Badge, is inappropriate for wear in civilian clothing and the ACB is fake.

Since last reported, his medal rack remains at two fake medals, but he has added AIRN badge and now wears two fake badges.

A reasonable person would note Brooks's medals, and deem him a hardened returned veteran. In reality, he lives a lie, and we assume that other aspects of his life could also be based on lies.

If you see Brooks wearing his medals on a commemorative occasion ask for his autograph as he is a noteworthy recidivist medals cheat, whose offence will be forever inscribed on this website

Beware of this cheat.

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Benjamin Mathew  Brooks "tried it on" and has been comprehensively caught.

The photograph shows Brooks on a graduation parade when he became an Corrections Officer in the Northern Territory Correctional services.  We believe he is no longer a Corrections Officer because his general behaviour was less than satisfactory.

In the photograph he is wearing the following medals:

Australian Active Service Medal - Not Entitled

IraqMedal -  Not Entitled

Australian Service Medal - Entitled

Australian Defence Medal - Entitled

In addition he wears an Army Combat Badge to which he has no entitlement.

He never served anywhere to meet the criterion for this badge, which  is:

Been force assigned to a combat team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service; or

Been physically deployed in the same geographical location as a Combat Team and have a primary role to directly support that Combat Team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service.

He is wearing four medals and has earned only two.  The first two are prestigious medals for war service in Iraq, he did not earn them, they are self purchased fakes.

The third medal is for non warlike service in Timor and the last medal is for completing four years service in the Army.

People from all walks of life  understand the shame of stealing the honour of Defence Veterans and we are happy to investigate all reports received from the public.

Falsely wearing medals is a risky business, those who do it will be noticed and subsequently allocated space on this website.

Brooks was reported to us by a member of the Public and our investigation ascertained that he is a fraud and a wannabe who is very welcome on this website.

 

Surname: Cook
Christian Names: Gerard Gary
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Southport
Service: Claims RAAF & RAN Reserve Service
Case Notes:

 

Gerard Cook is a Flotilla Commander with the Southport branch of the Australian Coast Guard. He has been contacted and requested to prove his medals entitlement. He has not done so.


Cook wears Coast Guard ribands and badges correctly placed on his right breast.

The left breast is reserved for Federal medals that are awarded by the Governor General of Australia. Cook wears on his left breast three medal ribands, they are:

Australian Defence Medal. No official listing of award
Australian Cadet Medal. No official listing of award
United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal. Unofficial tin medal.

Here are to two Federal medals worn by Cook on the left breast:


The third medal is the Year of the Volunteer medal which is not on the Governor Generals list, of foreign medals approved to be worn by Australians. See here: www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awa...n-awards-australians


When approached, Cook clearly stated he was awarded the two medals by Defence for his service with Royal Australian Navy Reserves and Royal Australian Air Force, Reserves. He said, he wore the Year of Volunteer medal, as it was officially awarded to him for service with Volunteer Coastguard.

We have conducted time consuming searches to establish his bona fides, however after months with no results it was discovered that no person named Cook GG has a Defence file at National Australia Archives.


Here is the official response from a Commodore at Volunteer Coastguard Australia.

"Good morning,

Thank you for your email.

As this situation is between yourself and Mr Cook the AVCGA will leave it to you to confirm if Mr Cooks (sic) has or has not been awarded medals".


Obviously the Coastguard has a laissez faire attitude towards the very important aspect of wearing medals on their uniforms.

Cook wears three medals on his left breast, we know that one is a none approved medal, and there are no Defence files authorising him to wear the other two. In the meantime he is welcomed to ANZMI, who also have the duty of guarding Australian Volunteer Coastguard against those who wear fake medals

Surname: Bermingham
Christian Names: Colin Raymond
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Benalla
Service #: 3171402
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Colin Bermingham is a medal collector. Nothing wrong with that, unless you have them all court mounted and wear them on your left breast claiming that they were all officially awarded to you.

Colin Raymond Bermingham was born 30 December, 1943. He is a medal cheat. He has also embellished his military service to deceive his veteran colleagues in the Benalla RSL Sub Branch.




The above photograph depicts Bermingham wearing the following medals -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal clasp Vietnam (AASM) entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. Entitled.
3. National Medal. Doubtful. Not Listed - Its an Honour. .
4. Unknown medal.
5. Reserve Force Long Service Medal. Not entitled.
6. Australian Defence Medal. ADM. Entitled.
7. Anniversary of National Service Medal. NSM. Entitled.
8. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal. RVCM. Entitled.
9. Commemorative Vietnam Medal. (Tin unofficial medal)
10. Unknown medal (Tin unofficial medal)




The above photograph depicts Bermingham wearing the following ribands -;

1. AASM. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal Entitled.
3. National Medal. Doubtful. Not listed – Its an Honour.
4. Reserve Force Decoration Medal. Not entitled.
5. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
6. Anniversary of National Service Medal. Entitled.
7. RVCM Entitled.
8. Commemorative Vietnam Veterans Medal. Sold by VVAA Tasmania.(Tin unofficial medal/riband).
9. Unknown (Tin unofficial medal/riband.)
10. Unknown (Tin unofficial medal/riband)

Bermingham raised concerns in his home town of Benalla in Victoria. He has been observed wearing his large 10 medals rack at local remembrance days, Anzac Days and veterans functions.

His medal rack, photo1, is inconsistent with his medal/riband rack shown in photo 2.

He has told colleagues that he is also entitled to wear an Australian Service Medal, (ASM), a Reserve Force Decoration medal, a Reserve Forces Service medal, a Citizens Military Forces (CMF) Efficiency Medal and a Cadet Forces Medal.

He claims that following his National Service commitment expiring on the 1 February, 1969, he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army and was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant. He stated that he missed out on becoming a Warrant Officer, which he regrets. He then claimed that some years later he was promoted to, and subsequently discharged at the rank of Major in charge of the “Range at Puckapunyal.” These statements are false.

Research conducted into the military service of Bermingham does not support his claims of medal entitlements and Commissioned ranks..

There is no record of Bermingham being awarded the following medals -;

1. National Medal. (15 years continuous eligible service )
2. Reserve Forces Decoration Medal (15 years qualifying service for Officers)
3. Reserve Force Medal (15 years qualifying service for other ranks)
4. CMF Efficiency Medal. (12 years qualifying service)
5. Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal (15 years qualifying service.)

On different occasions he also wears unofficial tin medals and ribands to bolster his rack.

FACTS -;


Records indicate that in 1985, Bermingham was previously investigated for wearing unawarded medals, including the Queens Jubilee Medal. He was referred to the Australian Federal Police. The outcome of that investigation is not known.

Records further indicate that Bermingham joined the Citizens Military Forces.(CMF) on the 18 January, 1961. From 1961, he accumulated about 4 years discontinuous CMF service and entered National Service Army training on the 1 February, 1967.

He served as an Infantry Lance Corporal in the Republic of South Vietnam from October, 1967 to October 1968.

Following completion of his 2 year National Service commitment, he was discharged from the Army on the 31 January, 1969 - he later re-joined the CMF in October, 1969. He then had a further 4 years discontinuous service in the CMF, accumulating about 8 years and 2 months service overall. As such, he is not entitled to wear any of the above long service medals or ribands..

At discharge from the CMF on the 24 October, 1973 his rank is listed as Staff Sergeant. He was never a Lieutenant or a Major.

In January, 2016, Bermingham made application for membership with the National Servicemen’s Association. He stated that he held the rank of Lieutenant and also Corporal in his Army service. On his application he stated that he had been awarded the Australian Service Medal (ASM), the AASM, Vietnam Medal, Australian Defence Medal, NSM and RVCM.

NATIONAL SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.

Bermingham , Colin Raymond

Service Army
Service Number 3171402
Registration Number 2006082-6FileNoMP1227BoxNo66
Rank Lieutenant. Corporal
Date of Birth 30 12 1945
Place of Birth Melbourne Vic
Date of Intake 1/2/1967
NS Training 2 RTB
Follow Up Training RAI Nui Dat Vietman
Basic Training Puckapunyal Vic
Next of Kin at time of Service Mr T Bermingham
Operational Service Vietnam
Medals ASM / AASM 45-75 / Vietnam Medal / ADM /ANSM / Vietnamese Campaign Medal
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The Australian Defence Medal (ADM) was proclaimed on 20 March, 2006.

Therefore, all his claimed long service medals i.e. National Medal, Reserve Force Decoration Medal, Reserve Force Medal and the Cadet Force Medal would have been awarded to him before this date - if genuine !

However, he does not indicate any of these medals to the National Servicemen’s Association on his membership application, which was submitted in January, 2016. He mentions the Australian Service Medal on this application form, but he is not entitled to that medal either.

Bermingham was sent two emails and given an opportunity to clarify his medal entitlements and actual ADF service history. He declined to respond on both occasions.

Bermingham indicated on his Linked In profile that he was a “Retired Army Officer and Solicitor, Public Notary”. Following attempted contact with him by an ANZMI Researcher, these comments were removed from his Linked In profile.

On inspection of "Australian Legal Profession Register", the name of Colin Bermingham does not appear.

Bermingham wears 10 medals and ribands. He is entitled to wear 5. His actual entitlement is-

1. Australian Active Service Medal, clasp Vietnam.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Australian Defence Medal.
4. Anniversary of National Service Medal.
5. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Bermingham is a genuine Vietnam Veteran. He should be proud of that fact, and proud of the genuine medals he has been awarded for his service.

He should get rid of all the tin and unearned medals and apologise to his Benalla RSL Sub Branch colleagues for his deceit over the years.

He should then be shown the door.

Welcome to ANZMI, Colin Raymond Bermingham

Surname: EVANS
Christian Names: Gary Norman
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Safety Bay
Service #: N/A
Service: Claims SASR
Case Notes:

 

Gary Norman Evans resides in Safety Bay, a southern suburb of Perth, Western Australia.

He is a valour thief and a military imposter.

His Facebook page indicates -;

Gunsmith/Machinist at Naval Base Armoury
Studied at University of Tenesee. (sic)
Studied at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Evans made numerous claims on his Facebook page that he was a former Australian soldier with the Special Air Service Regiment, Perth. (SASR)

He also claimed that he had service as a Commando with 1 Commando Regiment and 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment as an Infantry soldier.


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The above photograph appeared on Evans’ Facebook page. It depicts a SASR wall shield with SASR motif and the following words and numbers underneath.

S.F.C. EVANS Gary Norman.
0609 1969 S.A.S.R. D.N.38416. A.
SDM. 136th 6RAR 3rd BA.

He then challenged his Facebook followers as to what the initials SDM represent. An obvious avid fan of Evans responded with -; "Squadron Designated Marksman”. Evans then congratulates him for his efforts awarding him a "gold star"

On his Facebook page, Evans was asked some in depth questions about his SASR service by 2 interested readers. One had actual SASR service. Evans, realising that he had been caught out, immediately removed all references of himself and any connection to the SASR. The above shield photograph and comments were downloaded before he deleted them.

Our friends in SASR Associations, Commando Associations and 6 RAR Association have never heard of Gary Norman Evans.
All other inquiries made by ANZMI have failed to reveal any service at all by Evans in the Australian Defence Force.

This idiot has gone to all the trouble of purchasing a wall plaque with SASR motif, and had it engraved to gain undeserved recognition as a former member of the Regiment.

Australian and New Zealand current and former Defence Force personnel will not stand by and watch an imposter like Evans post false information about elite Defence Force Service on social media, for his own shameless self-promotion and advantage.




Above is a current photograph of Gary Norman Evans and his cat. ANZMI has disguised the cat’s face in response to an "early guilty plea by association, and "personal embarrassment."

We await an apology from Evans and will then provide an update for our ANZMI readers.

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