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Surname: Rivett
Christian Names: Shaun Francisco
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service #: 8532566
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 07.08.2007
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

Shaun Francisco Rivett was born on the 3 August, 1990.

He is a false pretender, a medal cheat and a valour thief. He has gained favour and positions in the Australian Federal Government Border Force (ABF) with his deception.

In 2007, at the age of 17, Rivett joined the Australian Army part time Reserves.(ARes) His initial posting was the Reserve 5/6 Infantry Unit, Royal Victoria Regiment. He resigned from the ARes in August, 2009.

He then enlisted in the Australia Regular Army in August, 2012. From August to November, 2012, Rivett completed Regular Army Recruit Training at Kapooka, 1RTB. Following Recruit Training he attended Singleton School of Infantry where he completed Infantry Corps Training. He was then posted to 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment for a few months. In July, 2013, he was terminated from the Australia Regular Army. He then returned to the Australian Reserves 5/6 Infantry Unit, Royal Victoria Regiment as a part time Private soldier.

These dates are significant. He has informed work colleagues and others that he served in the Australia Regular Army in Afghanistan in 2010. However, he was not a member of the Australian Defence Force in any capacity at this time.

ANZMI has received several statements about the false claims of Rivett.

WITNESS 1.

1. That he served with Corporal (name withheld) in Afghanistan in 2010 as an Assistant Group Commander B Company, 2 Commando Regiment.
2. That he had been involved in numerous fire fights where he had killed Taliban soldiers.
3.That his PTSD was so severe he would see combatants he had shot in his rear vision mirror.
4. In 2018 Rivett applied for a position with a Government Department detailing his fake resume Special Forces overseas deployment.
5. In 2019 he went to Afghanistan to rescue a mate captured who was working as a Private Contractor.

WITNESS 2.

1. That he was in Delta Company 2 Commando Regiment.
2. That when he was in the DEA, he went to Afghanistan and destroyed crops.
3. He spoke about all the times he was in conflict with the Taliban enemy.
4. That he then went to 1 Commando Regiment as a Leader, and they were not as professional as 2 Commando, so he left and requested a posting to "Stand by Reserves."

There are a number of other reports to ANZMI detailing false claims made by Rivett. We will not list them here, as they do not take the matter further.

On the 12 June 2018, Rivett joined the Australian Border Force, (ABF) Melbourne, Australia Home Affairs, and is currently employed by that Government Department, in the Mobile Deployment Team. Evidence suggests that he included false military service on his application to join ABF.

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In the above photograph Rivett is wearing the following medals.

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Not entitled.
2. Afghanistan Medal. Not entitled.
3. Australian Service Medal. (ASM) Not entitled.
4. Australian Operational Service Medal. (AOSM) Not entitled.
5. Australian Defence Medal. Not entitled.
6. NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal (ISAF) Not entitled.

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The above photograph (a reverse selfie) shows Rivett, in Australia Border Force uniform, wearing the purchased Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) above his false medal riband rack and the unawarded Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) above his name tag.

Rivett has never been awarded any of the medals, the ICB or the MUC. He has purchased them and awarded them to himself.

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The above Certificate of Service is inconsistent with his claims of Active Service in the Australian Army. There are no references to any Australian military medals or other awards listed on this document. It is dated 13 September, 2019. It is also not signed by the person named at the foot of the document. The dates are also inconsistent with the termination of his ARes service in August, 2009 and his claims of Afghanistan deployment in 2010. It is a forgery.

Rivett wears the purchased ribands and medals on duty in his ABF role as the occasion presents.

Rivett has committed some very serious offences against the Australian Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A – Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier - and 80B - Improper use of service decorations - in wearing Australian Military awards that have not been issued to him. Penalty $3,300 fine or six months imprisonment or both.

The fact that he wears the medals and or ribands on duty in a Federal Government ABF uniform is most likely a sackable offence. It will also not go down well with the Australian Department of Defence, where he is still an Army Standby Reserve Rifleman in Melbourne.

Rivett was sent two emails to offer him an opportunity to explain his behaviour. He decided not to respond.

Rivett has stolen the honour of genuine Afghanistan veterans for his own selfish ideals, both in his workplace and on commemorative occasions.

Rivett could not cope with Australian Regular Army life. He quit after 11 months and returned to part time soldiering.

The veteran community will not stand by and see imposters like Rivett gain advantages due to his deceit, immoral and illegal behaviour. Particularly in the work force.

He will no doubt be reported to his Federal Government employers, the ABF and the Australian Department of Defence, and hopefully he will receive his appropriate comeuppance.

His current employers should re-visit his 2018 ABF Employment Application for any credibility issues. The Australian Federal Police may also take an interest in the matter.

Identical offences were committed by Ross James Russo of Clifton Beach Queensland. Another former Australian Army Reserve and RAN rating, a false pretender, liar and wannabee, who fraudulently wore un-awarded ribands on his Queensland Corrective Services uniform. Russo also told lies to the Queensland Department of Health about his false claims of Australian Defence Force active service to gain a permanent Supervisors position in that Department. See below.

www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/644

An update will be provided on ANZMI as events unfold.

Surname: Finch
Christian Names: Alexander Lawrence
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Karana Downs
Service #: None
Case Notes:

 

Alexander Finch of Karana Downs in Queensland asks to be excused for his constant and intolerable drunken bad behaviour, because he is a damaged war veteran.

Unfortunately we have no photograph of Finch, however we have a Statutory Declaration detailing that he "proves" his war service by flashing a military medallion and claims it is a bravery award he received from Australian Defence Force because "he went into a dangerous situation to exfiltrate a fellow soldier". He said "as a result, his bad behaviour should be excused because of his actions"

On 20 Oct 19 Finch was contacted direct by a researcher and Finch clearly said: "He has never served in the Australian Defence Force". He also said: "That his house had burnt down during the last week".

We checked with his local Fire Brigade and no such fire is recorded. Obviously it was just another lie to garner sympathy.

Finch is among a common genre of wannabes, who use false PTSD as an excuse for bad behaviour. There are thousands of genuine PTSD sufferers doing the hard yards as a result of their Defence, and other public service. People like Finch are a disgrace who make life harder for genuine sufferers

If he tries to pull this "act" again in his region or anywhere else, suggest he be reported to the local Police Station for falsely claiming to be a returned veteran. That offence, together with wearing false medals, each attract a maximum fine of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

Because of his lies and disgraceful conduct, we are happy to enlist Finch to this web site and hope that someone may be able to produce a photograph of him.

Surname: Wardlaw
Christian Names: Ross Henry
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Te Awamutu
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 41916
Service: Army
Branch: NZ Army Service Corps
Case Notes:

 

Ross Henry Wardlaw is well know in the NZ veteran community for his executive membership in:

The Returned Service Associations (RSA),
The Kings Empire Veterans Association (KEVs),
His active service in the Vietnam war and finally:
For his total disrespect for tradition and medals protocol.

Here is Wardlaw wearing nine medals on a commemorative occasion:



Here is a close up of the medals:




Of the nine medals, he is authorised to wear only six of them:

1. The New Zealand Operational Service Medal
2. The Vietnam Medal
3. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) with clasp VIETNAM
4. The New Zealand Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal The New Zealand Defence Service Medal with clasp REGULAR
5. The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal
6. The Regular Force Cadet 50th Anniversary Commemorative & Memorial Medal
7. The New Zealand Army 150th Commemoration Medal
8. Scout Medal of Merit

The last three medals are just "bling" and must not be worn with legitimate Defence medals.
The 7th and 8th are self purchased commemorative medals,



The 9th medal is a New Zealand Boy Scout medal of Merit, that has had an extra badge attached



For some years the NZ RSA and members have allowed Wardlaw to wear the three fake medals. Any person who has earned six medals, and then bolsters his rack with three extra fake medals, is not a person to be respected in the ex service community.

We welcome Ross Henry Wardlaw to our website.

Surname: Willick
Christian Names: Kennth William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Woodgate
Service #: R65934
Service: Royal Australain Navy
Branch: Engineering Mechanic
Commencement of service: 26.11.1966
Case Notes:

 

Kenneth Willick is the President of the Woodgate Queensland, Returned and Services League (RSL). His actions make him a poor example of an RAN Vietnam returned veteran.


Willick wears seven medals. These are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (VLSM)
National Medal (NM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM
Undiscernable medal ??

The last medal is not discernable but it will most likely be a non authorised commemorative medal. The second last medal, is discernable and is the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM).



Simply put Willick did not earn the RVCM shown below.



The last medal is most likely an unauthorised self purchased"Tin" medal.

To increase the "bling" effect, Willick also wears his medal ribands together with his mounted medal rack. Whilst a colourful, array, it is simply not protocol.

Qualification for the RVCM requires 181 days service in Vietnam or Vietnam waters. Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows Willick as having served for 55 days in Vietnam. The 55 days is an unfortunate RAN iniquity, whereby RAN Vietnam service was counted from the time of departure from an Australian port, until the time of return to an Australian port, conversely Australian Soldiers traveling on board RAN ships to fight in Vietnam for one year, had their time counted from when they landed in Vietnam until boarding for the return journey.



Willick travelled to and from Vietnam on three occasions, each for an average of around 18 days sailing. His actual time anchored in Vung Tau harbour during his three voyages, was around 20 hours for the whole three voyages. During that time he would never have left the ship. Whether you compare the 55 days, or the 20 hours to the requirement of 181 days it is obvious that Willick is a medals cheat.

It is incongruous that an RSL President could have worn the two offending medals at his RSL as well as in the company of District and State senior RSL executives. An RSL that cares little for medals protocol is an RSL without integrity and is an RSL without a future.

Land, air and sea veterans are all participating in the disregard for medals protocol regarding the RVCM. In recent times we have published details of:

Whyman Army - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/774

Joyce RAAF, - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/683-joyce-1

and now

Willick RAN,

Kenneth Willick is welcomed aboard our ship, and can confirm that his time aboard will be for a very long voyage.

Surname: Thame
Christian Names: Richard Victor
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Rotorua
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 39764
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Richard Victor Thame is thought to be a doyen of the NZ ex service community and he has featured in media reports wearing six medals.



The medals are:

1. NZ Overseas Service Medal
2. Vietnam Medal
3. NZ General Service Medal 2002 (Clasp Vietnam)
4. NZ General Service Medal 2011 (Clasp Regular)
5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
6. Regular Force Cadet School 50th Anniversary Medal - Unofficial Commemorative medal.

Thame wears five prestigious medals and one dud medal. The dud medal changes him from ex service doyen to dilettante in one fell swoop. This is the dud medal.



A man of his background and experience has no excuse for wearing a self purchased commemorative medal attached to his genuine medals.

Australian and New Zealand veterans would appreciate if NZ ex service organizations could counsel Thame regarding his medal rack.

Thame is welcomed to this website, where there is plenty of space for all who disregard medals tradition and protocol.

Surname: Betteridge
Christian Names: Clyde
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Caboolture
Case Notes:

 

Clyde Betteridge and his wife Christine appeared on the SBS TV show "Insight", on the 6 August 2019. The show was about Clyde Betteridge and his wife who married after being estranged for forty seven years.



During the Vietnam war, Clyde was courting Christine and was ready to marry his sweetheart, who was expecting a child, however, his sweetheart's father was not impressed with Clyde, and because Clyde claimed he was to be conscripted into the Army and sent to Vietnam the relationship ended. Christine said "Clyde bravely strode up my front steps ready to ask my Dad for my hand in marriage. But poor thing didn't make it in the house - Dad flew out screaming and chased Clyde off down the street. Never come near my daughter again! he yelled"[/b]

Nine minutes and 16 seconds into the TV show the presenter says to Clyde Betteridge

"You went off to Vietnam", to which Clyde Betteridge replies "Yep". "

"What was that like" asks the presenter, "Were you thinking about Christine and the son and what had happened, or were you just in another experience altogether?"

Betteridge responds "Another experience altogether, because all you want to think about is staying alive. You want to come home."

All who saw the show believe that Clyde Betteridge is a veteran of the Vietnam war. Clyde may have been conscripted, but he never served in Vietnam and therefore his concern about "staying alive" and "wanting to come home" was a lie.

Although the circumstances of this story are somewhat different from the usual malfeasance of frauds and wannabes Clyde fits the profile for falsely claiming to be a Vietnam veteran on a national TV show.

Welcome to the website Clyde.

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