Improper use of service decorationsin Brisbane

Detectives in Fortitude Valley have charged a 52-year-old Greenslopes man after he allegedly used fake service and academic awards to conduct business operations.

Police will allege that in multiple interactions with business customers between January and April 2021, the man fraudulently claimed to be the recipient of service awards including the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and Officer of the Order of Australia Officer (AO). It will also be alleged the man falsely declared academic credentials.

It will be further alleged the man used these awards and credentials to gain access to several events and in an attempt to organise meetings for his artwork business.

In a search of his residence on April 30 police will allege they located several replica items including lapel pins and medallions.

He was subsequently charged with nine counts of fraud and one count of improper use of service decorations and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 18.

OIC Fortitude Valley CIB, Detective A/Senior Sergeant Robert Lapresle said dishonestly gaining a benefit or advantage through deceit or deception is a criminal offence.

“Our officers investigate these matters to ensure members of the public can have trust and confidence when working with individuals and businesses.

“The service and merit awards allegedly used in these matters hold significant value to all Australians, and it is important the integrity and merit of these accomplishments are upheld.”

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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