Surname: Ryan
Christian Names: Shane
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Case Notes:

Updated 17 Nov 2013



Normally media articles are not the complete story here on the cases pages, however in this case we have made an exception as the Herald Sun have done an excellent job and are still following through on this case.  As more is printed in the media this page will be upgraded.   Read all about this hero and then if you feel the desire please contact the Herald Sun and let them know your feelings towards this hero and others you may know of that fit the same mould.   There are thousands of them out there and they all need exposure, heavy fines and a stint in jail in accordance with the laws that are in place but rarely used.

Make believe: Shane Ryan.
Picture: Bill McAuley Herald Sun



and there you see him.  This Walter Mitty hero who has now admitted to bogus civilian bravery awards, has in his possession stolen Miliary medals and has admitted to impersonating a war veteran.   All of the above are Federal offences and we will see just how they pan out. 

Maybe because the Royal Humane Society are pursuing this there may be charges laid against him for the awards he received from the society but we guess that the Government and Federal police again will ignore the crimes committed against the Defence Act 1903.  To date they have not acted on any of the offences we have offered to them and we have provided all information required to obtain a conviction.  One of these also includes a convicted paedophile, possibly using his bogus Army uniform to enter schools to tell war stories, which they have completely ignored.

Shane Ryan, the hero, is not finished with yet.  If you have information pertaining to his Military Service we would like you to contact us.  He may also be in receipt of fraudulent DVA disability payments that you are aware of.  We need to know if he is. The Herald Sun has also published more articles on this villain.  Well done Herald Sun.  Keep the information on these bogus hero's in the public forum.

Updated 17 Nov 2013


Shane Ryan Update. He is at it again.


Ryan is to appear in the Frankston Magistrates Court, Melbourne on the 20 December 2013. He failed to appear for his first "appointment" and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Since then he has had two "appointments" the last being on the 28th October 2013, when his Defence Solicitor requested an adjournment.
The State Prosecution advised that the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions were taking over to prosecute the charge of "Obtain by deception". The Magistrate extended Ryan's bail and ordered him to reappear on 20th December 2013.
Ryan is a "rat cunning" recidivist, intent on creating a fictitious, glorious military career for his posterity. The last bout we had with Ryan was in 2004 which is detailed above.
We have been pursuing Ryan on this current matter since June 2012. After concluding our investigation in late 2012 we became aware of others with an interest in Ryan and put finalization of our case on hold, so as not to jeopardise pending legal action.


The matter came to our attention when a Rhodesian Army Association advised us that Ryan had applied to join their organisation, and to support his application had produced United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MOD) documents.


When we approached Ryan about the documents he confidently advised that the documents were genuine. We believed that the documents were genuine, in that they had emanated from the UK MOD; however we knew that the information shown of the documents was false.


As the UK Ministry of Defence do not release information of any kind we were temporarily "stumped". However whilst our questions to the UK MOD were not answered, we believe our allegations were sufficient for the MOD to raise questions about the matter and apparently advise Australian authorities.


Below is email traffic concerning the UK MOD between Ryan and ANZMI when our investigation commenced.




Dear Mr Shane Ryan

I do independent research for various organisations and specialise in Defence personnel. Have been tasked by the UK Ministry of Defence in relation to forged documents bearing your name that they hold. Apparently the documents were used to seek membership of the Rhodesian Services Association located in New Zealand. Perhaps this matter can be resolved in the preliminary stages by a simple explanation from yourself? I always approach these matters from an independent point of view and, as am very busy with more important matters, would like to wrap up this matter quickly.



Sir 24/6/12


I am unable to open your attachment so ccn (sic) offer no comment. As any document I may or may not have sent to the Association to which you refer came originally from the MOD. your claim to be investigating on MOD's behalf is of interest. I have therefore forwarded your email to the CO MOD for their appropriate attention.




Dear Mr Ryan 24/6/2012


As you can not open the document, do you want me to send it to you in another form so that you can forward it to the CO of MOD? If you are unable to work with me in this matter will proceed without your input.




Thank you MOD have your orginal sic), email I am sure they will be in touch. The two documents sent to that Association were originated by MOD, who have advised me they haven't (sic) heard of you. I have been asked to forward any communications from you to MOD

Regards Shane


Mr Ryan 24/6/2012


No problem, please keep MoD in the loop, I will be phoning them when they open tomorrow. Most Australian retired Army Officers are happy to discuss their Service History. Would you be amenable to discuss yours?. Particularly your experiences in Rhodesia.



Dear Mr Ryan 27/6/12


You are invited to comment on the following. An investigation has been conducted into your claims of Service in Rhodesia as an Australian Army Infantry Officer and it is believed that your claims are false and that you have forged United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Documents. Should you choose to not comment, this information will be forwarded to Australian and United Kingdom law enforcement authorities, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Australian media, and the Australian Veterans organization ANZMI on the 4 July 2012.




Blogs <[email protected]>; 27/6/2012
to spva-dmsmodmoc., me
Officer in charge


Further to my prvious (sic) communications I am accused by This felllow (sic)of forging two letter sent to me by MOD.,Would you confirm to t0o that person these two letters are genuine.




Shane Ryan


[email protected]> 27/6/2012
to me, spva-dmsmodmoc.


Mr xxxxx


You appear to have made your mind up on this matter. I feel it best MOD anwser (sic)you allegation, as I doubt any comment I may offer will satisfy (sic) you, the letter are genuine, I have asked MOD to confirm that fact to you.
We have copies of the documents mentioned above but will hold them until after the Court Hearing.


At some time between June 2012 and June 2013, the Frankston Returned Services League (RSL) became involved in the prosecution, after the court case we will be able to


publish Frankston RSL's involvement in the matter.


Ryan has attempted many planned gambits in his quest for false fame, however on each occasion he has been thwarted. He was a failed Army Reserve Officer.
He is however a very successful and confirmed fraud, liar and wannabe.


More to follow after the 20th December 2013


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.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.


Located in: Stolen Valour
Powered by SobiPro