Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Carter
Christian Names: Leonard William (Len)
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Menai
Case Notes:

 

“Give a man a uniform and you will see his true character.”
                                                                                          (Anon)


Case notes:

Medal Cheats and Wannabes are fairly easy to detect. They are easily identifiable by their peers, particularly in the Military because the Wannabe is usually the loud mouth, know it all who wears honours and awards they are not entitled to and attempt to create a persona they have no right to claim. Our website is full of these characters.

While ANZMI tend to only investigate ‘military imposters’, every now and then a case comes along involving someone in the Emergency Services whose stupidity and arrogance is such that we could not refuse to investigate the case.

This the story of Len Carter, AFSM a senior member of the NSW Rural Fire Service who has come to our attention by wearing a plethora of fake ‘tin’ medals and worse, a specialist badge only able to be worn by uniformed members of the United States Armed Forces.

Here are a selection of images of Mr Len Carter, AFSM (as he likes to be called):



The problem that confronted our researcher who was looking into the case was the fact that every photo has him wearing a different medal rack so identifying the ‘tin’ has not been easy, but we were able to pin most of them down.

It is probably easier to start with the medals we believe he is entitled to wear.

Left Breast
Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)
National Medal

Right Breast
NSW Rural Fire Service Medal (plus clasps for years of service)
NSW Rural Fire Service Commendation for Service
Year of the Volunteer Medal

And now to the rest…On the left breast, Carter displays the following:



Left Breast
QE2 Dimond Jubilee Medal (NO Entitlement) – not accepted for general wear by the Australian Government
QE2 Golden Jubilee Medal (NO Entitlement)
Foreign Service Medal (Tin)
AFSM (Entitled see above)
National Medal (Entitled see above)
National Defence Medal (Tin)
Cadet Forces Medal (Tin)

Right Breast:
NSW Rural Fire Service Medal (plus clasps for years of service)
Unknown (Tin)
Year of the Volunteer Medal
NSW Rural Fire Service Commendation for Service
Unknown (Tin)
Unknown (Tin)


In one of the images, Carter is seen wearing an unknown neck decoration, we have tried to identify it and there are a number of possibilities including the Maltese Cross of Order of St John , a popular choice among Wannabes already on our website.

'Tin' is the generic term we at ANZMI use to describe any unofficial commemorative medal that can be purchased rather than issued by the Federal or State Government, recognised philanthropic organisation or Foreign Government (and approved for wear by the Governor General of Australia). There are a number of organisations that 'create' a commemorative medal specific to the needs of that organisation but they are NOT official medals and should never be mixed with Officially sanctioned and properly issued medals.

Examples of the ‘Tin’ being worn by Carter are seen above. These type of ‘medals’ are becoming harder to find in Australia, but they are still very much in circulation overseas. While the above are predominately designed to align with service in a Defence Force, however further research indicates they could ‘loosely’ be linked to Emergency Services as well.

For example, the ‘award criteria’ for the Foreign Service Medal states:



Note the line The Medal is to commemorate overseas service in both War and Peace, that has not been recognised by any award’. We know that Carter has traveled extensively overseas attending numerous firefighting related events, but we don’t believe that constitutes foreign service in any shape or form. In any event, as a representative of the NSW Rural Fire Service, he has already been awarded the National Medal, NSW RFS Medal and not to mention the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM).

In truth, the only real criteria for the award of these ‘medals’ is to have a valid credit card or PayPal account.

In some of the images, Carter can be seen wearing two of the medals awarded to recognise the Golden and Diamond Jubilees of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Both are genuine medals but neither medal is approved for wear by Australians, except for a small select number approved by the Governor General. When approved for issued by The Queen, the medals were awarded across the Commonwealth to the Defence Forces, Emergency Service personnel and numerous others. However, Australian governments at the time decided not to accept the awards, other than for a select group of citizens.

The select few who are authorised include winners of the Victoria Cross, George Cross, Cross of Valour (Australia) and State Governors. Mr Len Carter, AFSM does not qualify and should not be wearing these ribbons/medals.



Len Carter, AFSM does not limit his wearing of illegal medals to his RFS duties, he is also a member of the local Light Horse
Re-enactment Group. Not surprisingly, he has a different rack for this role. We wonder how he keeps up with what medals to wear when and why.



Now to the matter of improper use of Military Badges.

On the left breast, above the medal racks, Carter can be seen wearing the prestigious Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge. He has absolutely no entitlement to this award.

 



There can be no reason or excuse to explain why Carter has decided to wear this badge on his RFS uniform, other than to portray the image of a person highly trained in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). As may current and former service personnel know, EOD work is one of the most highly dangerous roles that can be undertaken, and EOD operators make up a high percentage of modern day battle casualties.

For Carter, for whatever reason, to wear this badge is offensive to the veteran community. Notwithstanding the fact he has no military service that we can find, the Master EOD Badge he wears can only be awarded to qualified members of the United States Armed Forces only.

Yes, Carter is a wannabe and the fact that he wears medals, badges and bling that is either not authorised or simply tin rubbish is bad enough but the fact that he does so while wearing the uniform of the NSW Rural Fire Service is of serious concern to ANZMI and should concern the Commissioner of the NSW RFS.

The NSW RFS is made up of volunteers who desire to protect their communities from the threats of bush fire and natural disaster. Many volunteers are young and impressionable men and women who would generally expect that a senior officer of the RFS wearing a chest full of medals and badges has the ‘runs on the board’ so to speak to justify the wearing of those awards.

Carter is not that sort of leader. He has chosen to embellish his uniform with tin rubbish and stolen the valour of the United Stated Armed Forces EOD personnel.

Cater was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM), a prestigious medal of no small significance in 2004. He should be satisfied that by granting him that award, his country is acknowledging his service with the RFS. If he thinks so little of that award that he chooses to mix it in with cheap, fake medals then he should return the AFSM immediately. Better still, perhaps the RFS could move to have the AFSM taken from Cater because of his offensive and illegal behaviour.

It is fortuitous for Carter that he is unlikely to be prosecuted for his actions. The Defence Act 1903 does have provision to prosecute for the improper use of service badges, but as the EOD badge is an American award, it is unlikely that a successful prosecution could be achieved.

Carter will have to be judged in the Court of Public Opinion by his peers and those who read this report. If one of those who read this is the Commissioner of the NSW RFS, perhaps he could take the appropriate action to ensure that the RFS uniform is not belittled by persons wearing unauthorised badges and bling and take action to remove Len Cater, AFSM from positions of responsibility in the Rural Fire Service.

Surname: Filby
Christian Names: Mervyn John
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: South West Rocks
Service #: 219340
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC)
Case Notes:

 

Mervyn John Filby served as butcher at Headquarters 5 Company RAASC at Vung Tau in Vietnam from 8 July 1971 until 15 December 1971, which adds up to 160 Days. He wears four medals on his left breast, he is entitled to only three


Filby wears the following medals:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM). Entitled
Vietnam Medal (VM). Entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM). Entitled
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM). Not Entitled

His 160 days in Vietnam was insufficient to earn him the RVCM. This medal required 181 days on Vietnam soil or in Vietnam waters. He must have purchased it, and had it mounted to falsely visually declare his entitlement.


Filby did not complete the 181 days and he was not WIA, which can be verified by this very accurate website: www.thecasualtylist.com/list

There has been an official public inquiry, into the wearing of this medal, and all is very clearly detailed here. See here: defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au/wp-conte...M-Inquiry-Report.pdf

Filby was contacted, and he advised that the medal had not been awarded to him, and he had purchased it himself. He was aware of his offence, and said that someone has "dobbed" him in.

Perhaps, due to our constant vigilance, incidence of this offence, is waning, however, there are still many Vietnam Veterans in society, who will report those who still falsely wear the medal. Be aware, people reported, will be thoroughly investigated and if appropriate, published on this website.

Surname: Dobson
Christian Names: Mark A.
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Alexandria
Service #: 134600
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: PTI
Case Notes:

 

Mark Dobson is a hard working ex RAN Physical Trainer who served on HMAS Darwin during the Gulf War. He was recently awarded a NSW Fire Service medal, which, as a State Award, he correctly wears on his right breast. Unfortunately Dobson has committed the re portable misdemeanor of wearing the unauthorised Liberation of Kuwait Medal, issued by Kuwait.


Dobson wears on his left breast:

Australian Active Service Medal
Australian Service Medal
Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal
Defence Long Service Medal
National Medal
Australian Defence Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) NOT APPROVED

The offending medal is the last one on his row of medals, on his left breast


Despite the "soft" instructions provided by Australian Honours and Awards, the liberation of Kuwait medal issued by Kuwait, is not authorised by the Governor General to be worn on the left breast with Defence and Federal medals. By wearing it, he wears two medals for the same deployment to the Gulf War. His second last medal is the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), which is approved to be worn by Australian Defence personnel, who served in the Gulf War.

Unfortunately some RAN Associations actively promote the wearing of the non approved Kuwait medal, and it has become a prevalent offence. The Governor General is the boss. He has promulgated a list of foreign medals that may be worn on the left breast the Kuwait Liberation Medal is not listed. See here:
www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awa...n-awards-australians

This list contains no medals from the country of Kuwait that may be worn by Australians.

Oil-rich Kuwait is a tiny country nestling at the top of the Gulf. Flanked by powerful neighbours Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, its strategic location and massive oil reserves make it one of the world's richest countries per capita.

One of the main proselytisers of this problem is the HMAS Sydney Association in Western Australia. Recently their President Mr Adrian "Radar" Burns has been listed on this website for wearing the Kuwait medal.

Medals protocol is simple. Federal medals and foreign medals approved by the Governor General are worn on the left breast. State medals, relatives medals, and "odd bod" medals are worn on the right breast.

Dobson is welcomed aboard. It is unfortunate that good people like Dobson, are less than observant about medals protocol. We don't award points for good behaviour, we simply report the offence, and our readers can judge the person, based on the factual evidence that is produced.

Surname: McNaught
Christian Names: Calum
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian ArtilleryA
Case Notes:

 

Calum McNaught of Perth Western Australia has been caught out, by one of the thousands of ex service persons who work to ensure that the ex service and veteran communities are not polluted by frauds and liars.


Here is the blather that McNaught put forward, about his "service" resulting in his self proclaimed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).



Here is one of the observations from a genuine veteran



McNaught realised he was caught red handed and decided to "fess up" to his deceit.


Now days, falsely claiming heroic, or any kind of false military service, includes the danger of being exposed as a liar and a cheat.

Those who have experienced the rigours of military service, in particular, those who have been deployed to war zones are watching for rogues. Those like McNaught who are reported will have their deceit published for the whole world to read.

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

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