Shane Lee Fontana, also known by his birth name Van Moosdyk, has attempted to ingrate himself with Vietnam Veterans all over the world, trading on the brotherhood of returned service personnel by pretending to be one of them.
Fontana has perpetrated his false credentials on his web site and bulletin board system titled the Vietnam Veterans BBS Service, claiming to have been wounded in-country, and sporting medals on many solemn occasions including the funerals of genuine veterans. Further he has infiltrated the RSL in Victoria, rising to the position of Secretary of the Lilydale sub-branch - although being careful to avoid scrutiny of his 'service' by joining as a social member. His web site features a photograph of a plaque awarded to him by that sub-branch for his çontribution to veterans'.
Fontana was reported to the Australian Federal Police who investigated the claims and then referred the matter to the DPP for prosecution.
There is no record of a Fontana or Van Moosdyk having served with the Australian Army in any capacity, either ARA or CMF during the time Fontana claims he served.
The medals Fontana has worn ... they include the Australian Vietnam Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with a reverse featuring King George! Wrong War Shane!) and the Republic of Vietnam Medal. The King's head is a dead giveaway.
Fontana is the one referred to in this article by Nick Papps (a journalist with an interest in helping expose military imposters) as the man who confessed to Federal Police after they raided his home..
Here's the "Biography" that Fontana had published on a US web site;
And here's the Lilydale RSL Sub-branch award for "Achievement" presented to Fontana.
All claims are false.
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