Shortis

Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Shortis
Christian Names: Ronald Alan
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Tamworth
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
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Ronald Alan Shortis is continually going "broke" after using other people's money to fund business ventures. Such activities are not our business, but when false claims are made about military service to induce people to invest in business ventures, it becomes our business. Shortis has been involved in managing a Fifty year old Sikorsky S62 Helicopter.

 

Shortis alludes to having been a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilot and also to having been a Colonel in the Australian Defence Force. We believe he steals the honour and credibility that surrounds Defence Force Commissioned ranks as a tactic to raise investment for his business enterprises. Here are examples of him falsely alluding to Defence Service.

Shortis claims to have flown 600 combat missions:

Shortis was employed as a private contractor to fly helicopters for the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government during the civil unrest in Bougainville PNG during the 1990s. He now claims that prior to his PNG employment he served with "The Special Duties Branch" of 9 Squadron RAAF.

Shortis is not known by the 9 Squadron Association and his claim to have served in that unit is a lie.

In a Facebook, entry Shortis wrote to a United Kingdom Major General with the same surname to see if they were related, he claimed to be an ex RAAF Officer.

Shortis was operating his Sikorsky from Geraldton in Western Australia, flying divers to nearby islands. It soon came to the attention of the Australian civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) that on one trip Shortis ran out of fuel and also learned that he had a medical condition, so that he was not allowed to fly with passengers. He then had to employ two pilots. The business was then charged by CASA for reckless operation. The business went "bust" and all investors lost their money. The helicopter was purchased by a Geraldton business man and Shortis convinced him to send him and the helicopter to Honduras. As President of this new enterprise Shortis gave himself the title of "Colonel (R)" The "R" stands for retired from the Australian Defence Force.

Here is the signature block used by Shortis for his Honduras business:


This business ceased when Shortis parked the helicopter, removed the engine, and shipped it back to Australia for "repairs". At the same time he tearfully advised his "Honduran" investors that he had to return to Australia to bury his wife. He, the engine and the money disappeared, never to return. Honduran investors then discovered that Shortis had no Australian wife to bury.

Shortis is a "Bumbling" businessman who at one time flew helicopters for the PNG Government as a private contractor. At that time, he would have met RAAF Officers who were posted to PNG. He uses that experience to allude to having served with "The Special Duties Branch" of the RAAF (9 Squadron)he however claims his 9 Squadron service was secret and he has signed the Secrecy Act and can't talk about it. Here is an example of him "not talking about it":


Our job is to protect the integrity of Veterans and ex Servicemen. From now on whenever Shortis's name is entered into a Computer Search engine this report will appear as a warning to those who desire to be dishonest about Defence Service. It should also raise alarm bells for those considering investing with the less than erudite Ronald Shortis.

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