Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Halter
Christian Names: Anthony Alan
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Nambour
Service #: 8099721
Service: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Branch: Seaman
Commencement of service: 11.03.1996
Completion of service: 5.11.2007
Case Notes:

 

Anthony Alan Halter, was born on the 16 October, 1972. He is now 46 years of age. In 1996, at the age of 23, he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy. He served on the Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessel Wewak during the East Timor crisis and HMAS Arunta during its tour of the Middle East. According to Halter, he also served on RAN submarines for a few months in 2001.

During the last five years of his service, Halter claims he attained the rank of Sub Lieutenant and in 2005 the rank of Lieutenant. He held this rank until he was medically discharged in November, 2007 after 11 years and 8 months service.



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In the above photograph, taken a few years before his discharge, Halter is wearing the rank of Lieutenant. He also wears the following medals-,

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with clasps, Afghanistan and East Timor.
2. Afghanistan Medal.
3. Defence Force Medal. (DFM)
4. United Nations Transitional East Timor Medal. (UNTAET)



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In the above more recent photograph, Halter wears the following medals -;
1. AASM 2 clasps.
2. Afghanistan Medal.
3. Australian Operational Service Medal – Border Protection.
4. Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal.
5. DFM.
6. UNTAET.
7. International Security Assistance Force. (ISAF)

He also wears the RAN Aircrew badge above his medal rack and strangely, an Army Combat Badge. (ACB) He is not entitled to either award.

In 2012, Halter joined the Nambour RSL Sub Branch. He listed on his application form that he had service in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Peacekeeping duties.

In May, 2018, due to some concerns raised by members of the local veteran community, Halter left a copy of the following document at the Nambour RSL Services and Citizens Club.

ANZMI were notified and sent a copy from a concerned anonymous source who is not associated with either the Services Club or the Sub Branch. There are numerous grammatical and spelling errors. As well, there are references to medals that have never been awarded to Halter. An astute current or former member of the Australian Defence Force would immediately know that this letter is a forgery, and that only one person could benefit from its existence.



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In this letter, Halter is claiming a great deal more medals than previously displayed. The list just keeps getting bigger.

In particular, he claims the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and the Conspicuous Service Cross. (CSC) He was never awarded these medals. There are also claims for other medals and clasps that he has no entitlement to.

He claims a clasp for active service in Iraq, yet he does not wear the Iraq Medal. He claims a Special Operation clasp and a Bouganville clasp for the Australian Service Medal (ASM). However, he does claim or wear the actual ASM.

His genuine medal entitlement for his service is the following -;

1. AASM 2 clasps East Timor and Afghanistan.
2. Afghanistan Medal.
3. Australian Operational Service Medal – Sovereign Border.
4. Australian Defence Medal.
5. UNTAET medal.

As a result of his lies and wearing unearned medals and accoutrements that he is not entitled to, Halter was reported to the local Nambour Police. His house was searched and evidence seized. He was charged with "Misuse of service decorations", and appeared before the Nambour Magistrates Court. The following newspaper article details the demise of Anthony Alan Halter.



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Halter, a former Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, is a fraud and a medal cheat. He has embellished his service to portray a false image.

For his sins he was convicted and fined $1000.00. He can count himself lucky.

At ANZMI, we wonder why Halter, who was selected as an Able Seaman to undergo Officer training and then progress through the ranks to Midshipman, Sub Lieutenant and then Lieutenant, would go to all the trouble of risking public humiliation and Court convictions to impress others, that he does not even know.

Does not make sense.

Surname: Marcon
Christian Names: Nigel Dean Raymond
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Canterbury
City or Town: Ashburton
NZ -Which Island:
  • South Island
Service: Royal New Zealand Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: June 1988
Completion of service: June 1990
Case Notes:

 

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Dean Marcon served as a soldier in the NZ Army for two years, between June 1988 and June 1990. He never left NZ shores during his service life.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for this soldier, who chose to add even more glory to his story, claiming to have risked his life on active duty as a fulltime member of the NZSAS (Special Air Service) including overseas action in theatres of war, on numerous missions. The fact is Marcon never served in the NZSAS.

But that is not what he has been telling his mates, staff, his shooting club, his local RSA, and anybody willing to listen to his stories of daring escapades as a valiant NZSAS soldier.

He talks of lying in high grasses, and forests, so well-hidden that enemy soldiers walked over him unseen, and even urinated on him. That has to stink! But the smell emanating from Marcon isn’t from an enemy soldiers relief, but the lies he has been claiming for the last 18 years.

When confronted with his diabolical lies and deceit, Marcon quickly confessed that for years he has been stealing the honour, respect and valour of real soldiers who risked life and limb. Many of those he has offended include soldiers he served alongside in the New Zealand Artillery, before they deployed out to active service, unlike Marcon, who remained safe and sound having never left New Zealand whilst in service.

This is the letter Marcon provided once he had been caught out as the cheat and valour thief that he is.

 

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For his deceit and sheer audacious claims, Marcon will live on this site in perpetuity.   

Surname: Fleming
Christian Names: Andrew
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC
City or Town: Echuca
Service #: R134401
Service: R
Commencement of service: 30 Mar 83
Completion of service: 30 Aug 09
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Andrew Fleming is a well known identity around Echuca and Beechworth in Victoria. He separated from the Royal Australian Navy in March, 2004 after 21 years. He then transferred to the RAN Reserves and served in that capacity until August, 2009.

Since his discharge in 2009, he has attended the Echuca RSL and the Beechworth RSL on Anzac Days and other commemoration days dressed in his former Royal Australian Navy Uniform with medals.

He is a former President of the Echuca RSL Sub Branch.

Below is a photograph of Fleming leading the Echuca Anzac Day march recently.
Marching behind him and in front of genuine returned Vietnam veterans, are two uniformed Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) imposters Jan Bier and Michael Woolard. Bier is also a local Echuca resident. Both these imposters appear separately on Anzmi.

 

In the above photographs, Fleming is wearing the following medals.

1. Australian Active Service Medal, (AASM) two clasps. First clasp East Timor. Second clasp unknown.
2. Australian Service Medal, (ASM) Clasp Kuwait.
3. Australian Operational Service Medal. Border Protection. (AOSM)
4. Defence Force Service Medal. (DFSM)
5. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)
6. United Nations Transitional Administration – East Timor. - UNTAET.

On the right side, Fleming is wearing the Navy “Individual Readiness Notification Badge”. (IRN) This is the Navy equivalent of the Army AIRN badge. (Army Individual Readiness Notification Badge)

“These badges are worn on the right breast and indicate that the individual is currently ready and able to be deployed overseas on operations in his/her normal posting.”

The above photograph was taken at the Beechworth RSL Sub Branch, Victoria, on
Anzac Day 2015. Fleming had discharged from the Royal Australian Navy Reserves in August, 2009. He still wears his uniform with rank and badges as if he is a current member of the Navy. There is no possible way that Fleming is entitled to wear the Individual Readiness Notification Badge. (IRN) He would be out of date on medical, physical training, etc. He is purporting to be a fully ready sea going sailor, when he had discharged some five years beforehand.


Fleming wears at least two medal awards that he is not entitled to. The second unknown operational clasp on his AASM has not been awarded. He would be entitled to the East Timor clasp but this is the only active service area he deployed to in his Navy Service.

The second non entitled award is the UNTAET medal, the last medal on his rack.

We have received notification from former crewmates of Fleming that he is not entitled to wear the UNTAET medal as he did not fulfil the required deployment time for this medal. We were informed that Fleming flew out of the qualifying area of East Timor well short of the 90 consecutive service days that he was required to complete for this award.

We were also told of Fleming’s boasts of how easy it was to “beat the system” as far as qualifying for Military Medals is concerned.

The below mentioned photograph depicts the UNTAET medal.

The UNTAET medal was issued for 90 days service in the qualifying area (East Timor) between 20 February, 2000 and the 19 May, 2002.

The criteria for this medal is as follows -;

UNAMET/UNTAET medal was established on 9 December 1999. The ribbon has two outer bands of UN blue, representing the UN presence in East Timor. Inside the two bands, there are two equal bars - closest to the blue, the bar is crimson, with the bar closest to the centre being sunrise yellow. These colours represent the brilliant and spectacular sunrises and sunsets experienced in East Timor. The centre of the ribbon is a band of white, traditionally the colour of peace and hope, the goal this Mission seeks to achieve.

Qualifying time of service for the reception of UNAMET/UNTAET medal is 90 days.

Every Defence Force member who served in East Timor or East Timor waters at the relevant time of qualifying for this medal knows that the time prescribed is 90 days.

We contacted former RAN Petty Officer Naval Police Officer/Coxswain Fleming and invited him respond to reports from his fellow colleagues that he was not entitled to this award.

Fleming stated that he was posted to the HMAS Wewak and had deployments to Operation Tanager that satisfied the criteria for the awarding of the medal. He was in no doubt.

Fleming then sent documentation from the Australian Government Honours and Awards Department confirming that he had been awarded the 6 medals and one clasp mentioned above, in particular, the UNTAET medal. A problem for Fleming though, is that he wears two clasps on the AASM for operational service and the document he sent to us clearly states that he has only been awarded one, East Timor.

Another document he sent to us was a copy of a dispatch dated the 28 May, 2001, (List 19) from Australian Defence Headquarters (ADHQ) to all ratings who served on the HMAS Wewak in the relevant period noting their UNTAET entitlement. The name of R134401 PONPC. A.A. Fleming appears on this document.

However, in this document, it is also made clear to all recipients that -;

"Requests concerning the issue and eligibility of awards should be directed to the Australian National Command Element. – East Timor. Not DHA. Before enquiring about eligibility, personnel should note that to qualify for the UNTAET medal they had to serve with the UN or on Operation Tanager for 90 consecutive days. Service with INTERFET and deployments of less than 90 days with the UN do not qualify for the UNTAET medal".

This document goes further and states that the 90 days must be consecutive days.

A copy of this dispatch was sent to all crew members of the HMAS Wewak who the United Nations issuing body had been notified of their eligibility.

Inquiries with his colleagues revealed that PONPC Andrew Fleming was posted to the HMAS Wewak on the 14 February, 2000. The HMAS Wewak was a Landing Craft Heavy vessel. (LCH) and had a crew of thirteen personnel.

Between the 14 February, 2000 and the 29 October, 2000, Fleming served on the HMAS Wewak in East Timor waters on two occasions to qualify for Operation Tanager service during this time. We have been advised that he served for 29 days on the Ship from the Mid July to Mid August, 2000 and for 31 days from Mid September to Mid October 2000. All up a total of 60 days and not consecutive days as required, and not 90 days as required.

Operation Tanager was conducted between the dates of the 20 February, 2000 and the 19 May, 2002. It was concerned with the provision of Australian forces in support of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) until Independence day in May 2002.

Now to the reader out there, this may seem trivial and unworthy of Fleming appearing on this site.

However, as we continued to research his claims to this award we were contacted by former colleagues who provided evidence that Fleming, prior to leaving the ship in October, 2000, had arranged for a false entry to be made on his PM Keys records (personnel records) by a close mate after he transferred off the ship and flew out of East Timor, that would add to his qualifying time for the UNTAET award.

It was discovered that a false entry was indeed made by a senior rating who had access to the Ships Operations Log functions, that indicates and confirms that he was again deployed for a third time to the HMAS Wewak on the 22 January, 2001 to the 4 February, 2001, where he accumulated a further thirteen days for Operation Tanager qualifying service.

This information had obviously been confirmed by signal from the HMAS Wewak to the Department of the Navy Office “by his mate”, who had access to PM keys data entry and who had been posted onto the ship at that time.

This false advice was then recorded on Fleming’s PM keys record, which would normally be automatically downloaded and subsequently sent to the appropriate Department for Fleming's records to be noted, the United Nations Administrative Department notified, and a UNTAET medal issued upon request. There would be no further checks. It was all there on his PM Keys record. Easy.

The United Nations (UN) Administrative body would rely on information provided to them by the Royal Australian Navy and/or the Department of Defence. The UN would have no reason to doubt advice provided to them from the RAN in regards to sailors entitlements and qualifying periods of service.

The problem for Fleming though, is that at the identical time of his alleged third deployment to HMAS Wewak on Operation Tanager in January, 2001 to February, 2001 , he had already been transferred off the ship since October 2000 and was subsequently posted to HMAS Cerberus, a Shore Base Establishment in Melbourne, Victoria, where he had reported medical problems of being “sick -injured.”

Our informants advised us that he remained at HMAS Cerberus from 15 January 2001 to 17 April 2001. This includes the time he was supposed to be serving on the HMAS Wewak on Operation Tanager in East Timor for his alleged third deployment.

So here we have one version stating that he was on operational service in East Timor accumulating days for a UNTAET medal and at the same time he is on “Medical –sick-injured” duties at HMAS Cerberus, in Melbourne, Victoria.

When we first contacted Fleming he was in no doubt that he qualified for all his awards and he confidently referred us to Honours and Awards for any further inquiries and documentary proof.

We then advised Fleming that we thought that his UNTAET award was fraudulently obtained and that we would be notifying the relevant Government authorities.

Within a few days of this e mail being sent, all photographs of himself wearing a Naval uniform, medals, rank and IRN badge on his Face Book site and the Beechworth RSL Sub Branch website were removed.

Coincidentally, also within a few days of this E mail being sent, a close friend of Flemings, who relieved him on the HMAS Wewak, resigned from his position as President of a Victorian RSL Sub Branch for personal reasons due to his intentions of extensive travel in Asia and Europe. We will not divulge his name here.

In addition to wearing the UNTAET medal fraudulently, Fleming also wears a second unknown operational clasp on the AASM. His only operational service is East Timor for 60 days aggregate on Operation Tanager. For this he was awarded the AASM and East Timor Clasp. He had service in Kuwait, but this was a prescribed "non war like area" at the time he served. For this he was awarded the Australian Service Medal (ASM) with clasp Kuwait.

Below is a photograph clearly depicting Fleming in his Navy uniform wearing the second unknown and unawarded operational clasp on his AASM. (First medal).

We have also been informed by his colleagues that he claims that he was involved in a “fire fight” whilst he was in Kuwait. Fleming however, is the only person who can remember this “fire fight” and his colleagues have no recollection of it.

In 2001, Fleming was a Petty Officer, Naval Police, in the Royal Australian Navy when he was charged with a number of fraud related offences. He appeared before a Court Martial, was convicted and demoted to the rank of Leading Seaman. He lost 10 years in seniority. Strangely though, he was subsequently promoted to Petty Officer again sometime later in the same Branch as a Naval Police Officer/Coxswain.

Although Fleming has removed all photographs of himself in uniform with medals from the internet, we did save some photographs to remind him of his unlawful behaviour in claiming at least one medal and one clasp fraudulently that he well knows he has no entitlement to.

Fleming can produce as many documents as he likes confirming his UNTAET Medal award. However, he cannot produce evidence that he served for a 90 day consecutive period to earn it. Something is amiss.

When requested, he also could not provide any evidence for the award of the second operational clasp that is affixed to his Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) as shown in the photographs.

The RAN and Honours and Awards might like to investigate the claims Fleming makes about his other medals including the Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM).

Both the "Falsification of a Government Record" and "False data entry", are criminal offences under the Criminal Code Act 1985. There is no statute barred time limitation.

We recently contacted Fleming's Commanding Officer on the HMAS Wewak, Lieutenant Commander Scott Martinsen who resides in Queensland. Mr Martinsen replied,

Scott Martinsen 9.15am.

In response to your above request, Mr.Martinsen is not interested in discussing his career in the RAN, and in particular, the role he played as Commanding Officer, HMAS Wewak during Operation Tanager, now or in the future. We wish you all the best for your future research.

Cheers,

Fishsakara Team

We are not suggesting that former Lieutenant Commander Scott Martinsen has done anything wrong, however, we are disappointed that he declined to assist us in regards to circumstances and clarification of the UNTAET medal awarded to himself and his crew, in particular, former Petty Officer and Naval Police Officer/Coxswain Andrew Fleming.

Although this incident occurred some time ago, the Royal Australian Navy and the Department of Defence should investigate this serious matter and take stern action to ensure that similar fraudulent entries relating to PM Keys entries and corresponding medal entitlements was/is not a common occurrence, particularly on the HMAS Wewak during Operation Tanager from 20 February, 2000 to the 19 May, 2002.

It would not be difficult for a Royal Australian Navy investigator to identify the senior rating responsible for initiating the false entry on Fleming's PM Keys record and instigating appropriate action against both of them.

Also if other HMAS Wewak crew members were complicit in identical circumstances and awarded themselves UNTAET medals when the 90 consecutive day requirement for Operation Tanager was not fulfilled.

We have the former senior rating's name and current address who we believe made the false entry regarding Fleming's alleged service and we look forward to an RAN Investigator contacting us. We also have a list of the names of HMAS Wewak crew members awarded the UNTAET medal.

An update on this matter will be provided when appropriate.

Two other high ranking Naval Police Officers also appear on this site for wearing unawarded medals on their Naval Uniforms. -;

Current Warrant Officer Peter John Ritchie

Former Petty Officer/Coxswain Christopher Ross Petersen.

All information published on this site is corroborated by photographs and other documentation.

Surname: Da Silva
Christian Names: Jose Maria Olivira
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Ipswich
Service #: R65069
Service: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Branch: Naval Air Mechanic
Commencement of service: 1959
Case Notes:

 

Jose Da Silva was an Aircraft Mechanic who served in Vietnam for 395 days with the RAN Helicopter Flight.

 

For his service he has been presented with four medals, however he wears six.

 

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The medals he wears are:

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

HMAS Sydney Medal - unofficial self purchased medal

Vietnam Logistic Support Medal - unofficial self purchased medal

 

He has added two extra self purchased medals to his rack. They are the commemorative (HMAS) Sydney medal and the Logistic Support medal. These are superfluous tin medals, that must not be worn with Defence medals on the left breast.

 

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Da Silva did not serve on HMAS Sydney during the war and we can find no documentary evidence of any association with HMAS Sydney. His AASM, VM and RVCM cover all of his Vietnam medals entitlements.

 

We welcome Da Silva to our website and hope that RAN Associations and the Returned and Services League (RSL) take more positive action regarding medals protocols and traditions.

 

 

Surname: Camper
Christian Names: Kevin Patrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Mollymook Beach
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Case Notes:

 

Kevin Patrick Camper has been walking the walk and talking the talk about his former Royal Australian Navy Reserve (RANR) service for the past thirty years. He currently resides in Mollymook Beach on the south coast of NSW and is a member of the Milton Rural Fire Service.

Over the years, Camper has made claims to colleagues that in the 1970s, he attended HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay, for Officer Training RANR. He states that In just six weeks, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the RANR, allotted to the RAN Marine Engineering Branch as a Mechanical Draftsman, progressing to Commander and Captain, before discharging in the 1990s. He has claimed service as a RANR Commissioned Officer on HMAS Advance, a Royal Australian Navy Attack Class patrol boat, assigned for training to the RANR, Sydney Port Division, in February, 1982. He also claims service on Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessels during his service as well as sea time on HMAS Perth.

 


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In the above photographs, Camper is wearing a black beret with two hat badges. We are unaware of the significance of the black beret, other than it being a showpiece to attract attention.

Hat badges -;

1. Royal Australian Naval Reserve badge. Not entitled.
2. Naval Association of Australia (NAA) members badge.

 

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In the above photograph, Camper wears another NAA members badge on his left side lapel. Under his name tag, he wears a Royal Australian Navy "Lieutenants collar badge." He is not entitled to wear this badge.

On his left breast pocket, he wears the below displayed RAN Commissioned Officer’s metal badge. He has no entitlement to wear this accoutrement.



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He does not wear the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) on his left breast, which would signify at least four years in the Australian Defence Force, including the RANR. If he was a genuine RANR Commissioned Officer, he would be wearing this medal.



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On the right hand side of his jacket, he correctly wears World War 2 ribbons that were possibly awarded to a relative.

His badges, beret, and relative’s ribbons, would indicate to general members of the Anzac Day viewing public, that he was a genuine former member of the Australian Defence Force. Sadly, he is not.

Members of the local veteran community have concerns regarding the Defence Force claims of Camper.

National Archives of Australia indicated that there is no record of a Kevin Patrick Camper ever serving in the Royal Australian Navy as a full time member, a Naval National Serviceman or the Royal Australian Navy Reserves.

ANZMI ascertained that Camper was a member of Training Ship (TS) Sirius, Australian Sea Cadet Corps in the 1970s. In 1973 it became the Australian Naval Cadets. Camper was the Executive Officer, Lieutenant, of Sirius in the 1980s. His Cadet Officer rank has no standing in the Australian Defence Force or in Veterans Associations recognition, and protocols dictate that he should not be claiming that it does.

TS Sirius was a Cadet Unit at Oatley in Sydney before moving premises to Arncliffe, and then to Rockdale. It caters for young boys and girls in their early teens, who may desire a Naval career when they are older.

ANZMI contacted the current Administrator of the TS Sirius Facebook site, to ascertain a contact number for Kevin Patrick Camper, to invite Camper to respond to the allegations. The Administrator failed to assist and abused ANZMI for trying to contact one of their former members and threatened police action. Those threats do not concern ANZMI as we take care in only revealing the truth. We take his ridiculous response as a closure of ranks and a cover up.

Camper was eligible to join the Naval Association of Australia due to his apparent Sea Cadet service at T.S Sirius..

He has embellished his modest Sea Cadet service and promoted himself to a former Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves.

For that promotion, he has earned the right to appear on this site.

Surname: Urban
Christian Names: Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Darling Range
Service #: Unknown
Service: British Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 1985
Completion of service: 1989
Case Notes:

 

BARRY URBAN UPDATE OCTOBER 2018.

Barry Urban was charged with 12 fraud offences by the West Australian Police Major Fraud Squad in regards to his false claims of awards and entitlements.

His matters are listed for October, 2018 in Perth.

The following West Australian Newspaper article authored by Gary Adshead, State Political Editor summarises proceedings to date.

Following completion of all Court matters, a final update will be provided on the ANZMI website.

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Barry URBAN Update May, 2018.

Barry URBAN the former MLA and elected member for Darling Range, Western Australia has resigned his position from the Western Australia State Parliament.

Urban resigned the day before the Western Australia Parliament Procedures and Privileges Committee released its comprehensive report into Urban’s disgraceful behaviour in -;

1. wearing an un-awarded Australian Police Overseas Service Medal,
2. claiming non existent Police service in Bosnia investigating war crimes,
3. claiming non awarded University degrees and College Certificates,
4. forging a University Degree from Leeds University.

The final result is that the Procedures and Privileges Committee recommended that Urban should be expelled from Parliament and that the seat of Darling Range becomes vacant.

The lies and deception by Urban have continued over a long period of time.

It is surprising that Urban, a long time fraud and false pretender, could have deceived so many people for so long.

Had it not been for the due diligence of Journalist Gary Adshead from the West Australian Newspaper and Western Australia retired Police Officers, Urban would still be representing the seat of Darling Range and receiving his $200,000 plus salary per annum. All based on deceit.

His claim to the Cyprus UNIFCYP medal is still being investigated.

He is also currently under investigation by the West Australia Police Fraud Squad for several possible criminal offences committed.

Below are some articles from the West Australian Newspaper, which sum up the demise of former W.A. State MLA Barry Urban.
It all started with Urban’s purchase of an un-entitled Police Overseas Service Medal (POSM) from a Perth Medal Shop and ended with his resignation from Parliament.



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Below is the comprehensive report of the Western Australia Procedures and Privileges Committee.

www.parliament.wa.gov.au/parliament/comm...E/$file/93184449.pdf

ANZMI make no further comment other than to thank the many concerned Western Australia Police Officers, both retired and current, and members of the public who contacted us about Urban. Gary Adshead, Senior Journalist, The West Australian Newspaper, has acted in a most professional manner in the way he has dealt with this complex matter.

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PREFACE:

ANZMI are an impartial group of former Australian and New Zealand Military Veterans. ANZMI is not aligned with any political party in Australia or New Zealand. Our role in the Australian and New Zealand Veteran Communities is to protect the honour of all those men and women, who are currently serving in those Defence Forces, or who have served and or died on War Like, Non War Like, Peacekeeping, or Peacetime deployments.

Our objective is to target and expose those, who claim that they have done the hard yards, and/or boast of non- existent operational service, or wear Australian and New Zealand medals and other accoutrements that have not been awarded to them.

This site lists a multitude of Imposters, including Valour Thieves, Medal Cheats and Wannabees, who, for their own personal glory and benefit, have illegally boasted of operational service, that they have not performed, or worn medals illegally. Both these types of deceitful imposters commit offences against the Australian Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B.

In New Zealand, the illegal actions of military imposters are covered under of the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918 Section 4A.

Those who wear unearned medals, purchase them from Medal Dealer’s shops, or online.

Their behaviour is unacceptable to all genuine veterans.
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The below photograph depicts Mr Barry Urban. MLA. Barry Urban was born on the 10 December, 1968 in Ashlington. Northumberland, England. He is the current sitting member for the State electorate for Darling Range, Western Australia, near Perth.. He is now an Independent, following his resignation from the Australian Labor Party, following serious questions regarding his integrity and credibility.

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In the above photographs, Urban is wearing -;
1. The Australian Police Overseas Service Medal. (POSM) No clasp.
2. The United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal.(UNFICYP)


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The Police Overseas Service Medal is an award in the Australian honours system. The award is presented to those members of an Australian Police force who undertake service;
• with international peace-keeping organisations, or
• Following a request from another government for assistance.
The award was introduced by letters patent on 25 April 1991.
It comes with a clasp denoting the area of assigned UN deployment.

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The above medal is the United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal. (UNFICYP)
It is awarded: for 3 months' service with the Mission, keeping peace between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Civilian Police or members of any Nation’s Defence Forces, who serve in Cyprus for the qualifying period, are eligible to apply for this medal.

Barry Urban’s life is described below in a Biography that appeared on Face book.

On leaving school, he joined the British Army about 1984, discharged, and then joined the Hertfordshire Constabulary, England.
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About Barry Urban

Barry was born in a mining village in the North East of England called Ashington in Northumberland. His mother was a nursing assistant and father was a coal miner until the colliery closed and he made a living selling rose bushes; a casualty of the miners' dispute in the mid 1980s.

His childhood was like that of most children from the area: hard and eventful. After leaving school at the age of 16, Barry joined the British Army. He has obtained a number of qualifications, and spent a large portion of his career on exercises and military operations in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Namibia, attaining military medals and a citation.

In late 1989 Barry joined the UK police in Hertfordshire after a brief tour in the Ascension Islands. Throughout his police career he spent a number of years on front line duties, Police Tactical firearms and finally as a detective on the Regional Crime Squad.

During his career in the police force Barry obtained a Bachelor Degree and a Post Graduate Degree in police studies.
After returning from duties in Bosnia carrying out war crime investigations, he retired from the UK Police Force and was awarded a police medal and another citation.

After a period of almost 12 months travelling the world Barry found himself in Rockingham, Western Australia, and decided to apply for immigration and was granted a visa and later citizenship.

His first five years in Australia were spent working in the construction industry as a production manager, projects manager then area manager in the Pilbara and Kimberley.

Barry returned to the police force in 2005 and was involved in a number of major initiatives in the South East Metro District and front line policing.

In 2011 he decided to run for Local Government and was elected into the Serpentine Jarrahdale Council. His involvement has been great and vast with involvement in the State Graffiti task force, the State Trails Reference Group, Peel Tourism, National Trust and a number of other community groups.

Barry's time serving on the council verified the lack of support for the South East corridor and the Darling Range area. The frustration over this issue was felt both at home and within the community groups he is involved with, which prompted Barry to run for the seat of Darling Range in the State election and finally give the families living in the area the support they need.
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The above profile has since been removed from his Face book page.

Below is a copy of his LinkedIn profile and also through his maiden speech to the WA Parliament in 2017. -;


Lance Bombadier
Wingate Troop
3RHA J(Sidi Rezegh) Battery
June 1985 - December 1989
Served in Paderborn, Germany
Cyprus
Northern Ireland


Initially, Barry Urban’s life started to unravel following his election to the Western Australian Parliament in March, 2017, as the member for Darling Range. His photograph appeared in a number of published media articles wearing the Australian POSM and the UNFICYP medals.

Obviously, something did not seem right with some former colleagues, who knew that Urban had not served overseas, as a Western Australia Police Officer to Cyprus, in an Australian United Nations contingent, during his 6 years service. It was also obvious that he was not entitled to wear the Australian Police Overseas Service Medal. (POSM), that he had been observed wearing for many years. It could not have been awarded to him as he was not entitled.

On the 18 November, 2017, the following front page article appeared in the “West Australian” News Paper.

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Following the publishing of this article, ANZMI were inundated with emails from concerned former Police, and Military personnel, and also members of the public.

Concerns were expressed regarding Urban’s non credible and conflicting excuses, regarding how he came into possession of the POSM.

He initially claimed that the POSM was a legitimate International Police Award for his British Police service in Bosnia.

That is a lie. It is an Australian award.

He further claimed that the British and Australian Overseas Police Service Medals were exactly the same. That is also a lie.

He stated that he must have been sent the wrong one by the British Police 17 years ago. That is also a lie The British Police/Government does not issue Australian Federal Awards.

In the article, he is quoted as stating, “I will be honest with you, the medal I have is totally different to the one I should have. This was sent to me in 2000, and I have been wearing it ever since. I have written to the UK Police to find out what has gone on”. That statement is also a lie.

The medal that Urban is referring to is the “Commemorative International Police Medal” You can purchase it on line for about UK20 pounds sterling.. ANZMI refer to them as “Tin medals” They are trinkets. If you have to buy a medal, you did not earn it. Simple as that.

Below is the ribbon for the International Police Medal. It is not exactly the same as the POSM as claimed by Urban. In fact, it is nothing like it.

 

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Strangely, a former Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Major, and now Western Australia Labor Party politician and Housing Minister, Mr Peter Tinley, has been quoted below -;

Housing Minister Peter Tinley — a former Special Air Service Regiment commander — defended Mr. Urban yesterday.
“Let’s be really clear about this, his service is not in question — his administration is,” Mr. Tinley said. “He served in Cyprus, he’s served in Bosnia and he’s given great service. He’s just unfortunately got his administration wrong and applied for or obtained the wrong medal.”

By his own admission, Urban has been wearing this medal fraudulently for 17 years. That is not "wrong administration", Mr Tinley; it is deceitful behaviour over a very long period, by someone who should know a lot better.. It is contemptible to genuine Police and Military personnel who have served in Operational theatres of conflict. You should agree with that.

Urban has subsequently admitted that he purchased the POSM from a Medal dealer in Western Australia.

Since Urban was detected deceitfully wearing the Federal Award, he has taken time off his parliamentary duties on stress leave. He has since stated that he is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He stated in the W.A Parliament on the 30 November, 2017, about his fraudulent wearing of the POSM -; (Source ABC News)

On the admission he had falsely represented a medal as an official award from British authorities, when he had actually purchased it online,
Mr Urban insisted he was under the "genuine but mistaken" belief that it was the correct medal.
"I am embarrassed by my error and for the hurt I may have caused by my actions," he said.


If you believe that statement, you might also believe in Santa !!!

Urban continues the façade. His claims are totally inconsistent with reality, and are not believable. Just ask his alleged Medal dealer!

He claims British Army military service in Cyprus with the United Nations, as a Lance Bombadier, Artillery. - You do not get awarded an Australian Police Overseas Service Medal for that.

He would know that!

He also claims British Police overseas service in Bosnia-Herzgovina investigating war crimes. – You do not get awarded an Australian Police Overseas Service Medal for that either.

He would know that as well!

Investigations are continuing by an appointed W.A. Parliamentary Committee, regarding his claims of University degrees, allegedly awarded to him in the United Kingdom, and other matters.

He has already admitted to the W.A Parliament that he was not awarded a Diploma that he had previously claimed. Two Universities in the U.K., where Urban claims to have been awarded degrees, have never heard of him.

Also his alleged military service in Cyprus and entitlement to the UNFICYP, and police service in Bosnia-Herzegovina needs to be thoroughly investigated..

He could save a lot of people a lot of trouble, by just proving his claims, and telling the truth about his Army and Police overseas service. If his memory is as bad as what it seems, he could simply order of a copy of his records from the U.K. and produce them.

In fairness, we sent Urban an email inviting him to provide details of his claimed Cyprus service, and evidence that he was entitled to wear the POSM and the UNFICYP. He has not responded.

In the meantime, Urban continues on as the State Member for Darling Range, Western Australia. He has since resigned from the Australian Labor Party, and is now an Independent for that electorate.

He is a false pretender and he should resign.

An update will be provided in the near future regarding Mr. Barry Urban. MLA.

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