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Surname: Sorensen
Christian Names: Derek Joh
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Ipswich
Service #: Not found
Case Notes:

 

 

Derek Sorensen

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In the photographs above Sorensen is wearing a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) sandy beret as well as some unidentified medals and an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).

Derek Sorensen has never served in the Australian Defence Force. He is the son of a Special Air Service Trooper who served in the then Squadron at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne Western Australia in the early 1960s.

Here is what he has said about his fabled SAS service:


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A prominent SAS veteran advised that no Trooper has been shot twice in the same leg in any SASR deployments. Sorensen has also been seen wearing a Medal of Gallantry (MG) and claims to have been involved in the Blackhawk tragedy near Townsville Queensland in June 1996.

Simply put, Sorensen is a liar, a fraud and wannabe. He has stolen the honour of the elite Troopers from the Special Air Services Regiment (SASR).

He has been spinning his yarns to loved ones, friends and work mates for many years. Wannabes should be aware that they will be exposed, and should understand that the false lives that they have created will crash down when their loved ones, friends and work mates read of their deception.

Sorensen has well earned a position with ANZMI where he will remain until at least the 200th anniversary of the Townsville Black Hawk disaster.

Surname: Chase
Christian Names: Paul
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Bundaberg
Service #: Claims 169221
Service: Australia Regular Army (ARA)
Branch: Claims Infantry
Commencement of service: 1979 & 2001
Completion of service: 1984 & 2005
Case Notes:

Australian citizens should be eternally grateful that we have heroic soldiers like Paul Chase secretly defending our freedom. Or so he would have you believe!


Paul Chase



Paul Chase, of Bundaberg Queensland, has never served in the Australian Defence Force in the Army, the part time Army Reserves or anywhere else.

Chase is a military fraud and a wannabee.



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Chase made application to join the Bundy Vets, a social "Drop in Centre" at Bundaberg, Queensland for military veterans and their families.

He produced the following Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia document as proof of his military service.


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Chase claimed that he was a member of C Company - 9 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) from 1979 to 1982.

In 1973, 9 Battalion RAR combined with 8 Battalion RAR to form the new 8/9 Battalion RAR, which continued until it was disbanded in 1997. Chase should have researched his false claims more thoroughly, before declaring that he was a member of 9 Battalion in the years he stated. 9 Battalion RAR as such, did not exist.

The Regimental/service number he states as 169221 was never issued to him.

As there were a number of anomalies in the claims of Chase, he was subsequently requested to provide further details of his alleged military career.

He stated that he was a member of Delta Company 6 RAR, sniper – recon - when it was posted on active service in East Timor. He stated that he could not provide further details of his Timor service, including the year, due to the fact that his service was all “top secret”, and he was bound by the Official Secrets Act Section 21 C.

Although he claims to be bound by the “Official Secrets Act”, he has let slip to some Bundaberg locals that as a “recon sniper” in Delta Company 6 RAR, in East Timor, he was involved in "heavy close quarter fighting with the Timor Militia and came out on top."

It is interesting to note that when 6 RAR were deployed to East Timor in October 2003, this deployment was declared Non Warlike by the Australian Department of Defence. It was the final drawdown stage by the United Nations.

FROM 6 RAR ASSOCIATION WEBSITE.

East Timor 2003

62. In October 2003, 6 RAR deployed on Op CITADEL to East Timor to relieve 1 RAR. Unlike the previous deployment during the build up of the United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNMISET) AUSBATT structure, this deployment coincided with the final drawdown phase of the UN mission and a corresponding WESTBATT structure. The Battalion deployed in a series of sub-unit rotations under the command of a reinforced BHQ.

63. In December 2003, Lieutenant Colonel S.F. Caughey assumed command of the Battalion in East Timor.

64. After nine months staggered deployment 6 RAR redeployed to Australia in May 2004 and the military component of the UNMISET effectively ceased.


Operation Citadel - East Timor was declared Non Warlike from 18 August 2003 and ongoing to the present day.

Chase claims active warlike service in 6 RAR as a “Recon sniper” from 2001 to 2005. 6 RAR did not deploy to East Timor in that period on warlike service. The Battalion did deploy on warlike service to East Timor in 2000 on Operation Tanager, however, Chase according to his own service claims, was not a member of the Australian Army at that time.

Chase has also told people in Bundaberg that he cannot remember his pm keys number. These are personal allocated Australian Defence Force service numbers that individual personnel do not forget. Ever.

When asked for further proof of his military service, he produced a photograph on his mobile phone that depicted a CD (Compact Disc) with his name on it. Of course he said that all the information on the disc was “top secret” and that he could not disclose the details to any person. Again, the Official Secrets Act was mentioned.

It is also of interest here to acknowledge that Australia does not have legislation titled the “Official Secrets Act” . There is a Commonwealth/Federal Crimes Act that deals with releasing Government top secret documents unlawfully.

Chase was also asked by residents of Bundaberg, why he was not wearing his medals on Anzac Day, 25 April, 2018. He stated that he left them at home in protest for all those who suffer PTSD. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.)

ANZMI contacted Chase and invited him to respond to allegations that his claim of top secret service in the Australian Army in East Timor and everywhere else is false. He decided not to respond to our request. Perhaps it is because he is still bound by the non-existent Official Secrets Act. Perhaps it is because he is a military fraud. The reader can be the judge of that.

If you live in Bundaberg, Queensland, and you see Paul Chase, ask to view his Australian Army Discharge Certificate. That document will disclose his overseas active service postings, medal and badge entitlements. It will be interesting to see his response.

Welcome to the ANZMI website, Paul Chase, a "Top Secret Imposter"

 

Surname: Sardon
Christian Names: Mathew
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: 01/06/2012
Completion of service: 27/02/2015
Case Notes:

 

Mathew Sardon enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on the 1 June, 2012. Following initial training, he was posted to 4 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery as an observer

Sardon is a classic military imposter. He is a wannabee, valour thief and medal cheat.

He is also a failed soldier who never deployed outside Australia during his 2 years and 8 months in the ARA. He subsequently transferred to the Australian Army part time Reserves, (ARes), where his services were terminated in June 2016.

Yet, to look at his impressive rack of medals, anyone would naturally conclude that he is/was a highly decorated member of the Australian Defence Force, who has been deployed on dangerous war like service.

In the below photographs, Sardon wears the following medals -;



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1. Australian Active Service Medal with two clasps - Afghanistan and Iraq.
2. Afghanistan Medal
3. Iraq Medal.
4. Australian Defence Medal.
5. NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Medal. Operation Slipper, Afghanistan.

Above his medals he is wearing the -;

6. Australian Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB)
7. The Australian Returned from Active Service Badge. (RASB)

Sardon is not entitled to wear any of the medals or the two badges mentioned above.

He has purchased the entire lot to fraudulently represent himself to others that he is the real deal, a returned veteran with an impressive Australian Defence Force career. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In the below exchange, Sardon infers that he is deployed on warlike service with United States Marines. It seems that this imposter will resort to any means available to maintain a façade to others about his false military service.

 


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We have statements that Sardon did not complete one bush training exercise during his limited regular Army service, due to his unsuitability to Army life.

Not everyone is suited to the harsh realities of Australian Defence Force service, and ANZMI is not critical of Sardon’s inability to carry out his allotted field duties.

However, ANZMI is critical of Sardon’s poor decisions to embellish his service and create a false military history to gain benefits and undeserved recognition, by stealing the valour of others who have “done the hard yards”

Due to his dishonest and illegal behaviour, Mathew Sardon has now gained deserved recognition on this site.

Sardon has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B.
(Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier and improper use of service decorations.).

ANZMI will continue to ferret out these imposters for as long as they offend, and for as long as we have the support of the Australian and New Zealand veteran community and the general public.

Surname: Shelley
Christian Names: Tony
Country: Solomon Islands
State or Province: Guadalcanal
City or Town: Solomon Islands
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Royal Australian Army Ordanance Corps
Commencement of service: November 1995
Completion of service: January 2007
Case Notes:

 

According to Troy Shelley, he was a multi skilled Special Forces Sergeant participating in missions and deployments to far flung corners of the Earth.

 


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Here is what Shelley has committed to print about his military career.


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Notice that he has written "Royal Australian Army Intelligence Corps" If he had ever served in that Corps he would know that there is no "Royal" in that Corp name. It is "Australian Army Intelligence Corps" (AAIC). He was never in the AAIC and he was never a Sergeant of any kind in the Australian Army.

Here are the chilling and dangerous deployments where he infers to have “fought” .

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Shelley is not listed on any of the Nominal Rolls of various Army deployments. Of course, the "nature" of his "Special Operations and Intelligence work" could be the reason he has been ommitted from lists of those who served in Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda etc. The real reason is that he was never there.

The truth is, that Troy is a liar, cheat and wannabe of a very high calibre. His friends and acquaintances believe that they know a heroic ex Special Forces Sergeant with a cavalier personality. The truth is that he has deceived his friends and lives a “Walter Mitty” life.

Whilst Troy promotes himself as a tough veteran who has “been through the mill” many times over, the truth is that he did serve in the Headquarters of a Special Operations unit, however his duties were that of a Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps clerk and his duties were sedentary. He was an office worker.

We asked Shelley to prove his service and he responded with an image of a security pass. which he claimed proved his special operations service of multiple overseas deployments, but, in fact, all it proved was that he worked at a Headquarters in Australia. Usually, when departing a security establishment, these passes are handed back.

It appears that Shelley may have forgot. In any case, it is very handy for him to convince inexperienced "friends" of his dark past.

 


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We asked Shelley to provide evidence of his service. Three snippets of information were received from him.

Hi XX,
Sorry, as I do not know you and the work I did in the Military with Spec Ops and Intelligence. I am currently not willing to pass that information over.

Hi XX,
Yes I was in intelligence was highly cleared and served time with Head Quarters (sic) Special Operations (now Special Operations Command) May I ask why you are wanting to know my background?

I can also show a declassified version of my Soldier Medallion for Op Pollard for you need some more prove (sic)…. I hope the ID Card is all you need….. I understand and do not wish to have any problems with a fellow digger… Hope you understand.
(End)

Here are details about Operation Pollard:

Operation POLLARD

Australia: 15 Feb 1998 – 1 October 2001.

AO: All sea, airspace and land North and West from 5 deg 00 min S 68 deg 00 min E and encompassing the outer boundaries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.
As tensions grew high between Saddam Hussein and American President Bill Clinton during the simmering Gulf Conflict, the Australian Government was requested to provide military assistance to the United States-led Coalition Force in the Middle East.

Deployed: 1 x B707 Air Refuellers and crews, SAS Squadron, one ADF liaison officer. Total approx 200.
Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 17 September 2001: Non-warlike Service.
Awards & Qualifying Periods: Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp 'IRAQ'. Alloted 7 days/ Assigned 30 days.

Shelley may have, as a clerk, sorted some papers or did some typing about Operation Pollard, but he was never deployed to the Middle East or anywhere else at anytime during his service.

Being an Administration Clerk in the Army is a responsible and satisfying job. To be selected requires above average intelligence and an aptitude for that kind of work. Shelley should have been happy and proud of the job that he did in the Army, however it appears that his "Walter Mitty" gene kicked in, and he invented an entire new history for himself.

People who create an exaggerated false military history for themselves, will feel the wrath of the returned veteran community and also the acrimony from friends when they realise that they have been lied to.

Troy Shelley has enjoyed the kudos for many years of heroic false pretence. He can now endure criticism for his behaviour as he resides on this website in the company of hundreds of others of his ilk.

Welcome Troy.

Surname: McLeod
Christian Names: Sydney Alexander
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Wulguru
Service #: 1201143
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE  MAY 2018

Sydney McLeod has vigorously responded to our website entry. 

 We write facts and it is up to the reader to decide whether the person is a Wannabe or a Medals Cheat or a rampant Conspiracy theorist.  McLeod responded to our report as follows inter alia:

As for my being well known ACTUALLY EXCEPT FOR THE NIGHT The CIA in command of an American Military Unit threatened me with extinction by 5.5s if I fired on passing enemy everything claimed was written by a well respected officer who did not even know me until 30 years later so gutless one with tract (sic)  that assumption. He was also the officer who confirmed the awards I WAS TO GET.

The above passage is relevant to our report as it indicates the state of mind of McLeod regarding his conspiracy theories.  Below is his rationale for wearing unauthorised foreign and fake tin medals


As for the Purple Heart Many Australians have them whether we should wear them or not is a mute (sic) point I asked the Americans and they took the view that even though NONE of us are on the PH roll they said we SHOULD WEAR THEM WITH PRIDE oh and by the way it was not an American Officer as far as I remember it was a 2 stripper (sic) clerk who brought them to our beds in the American Battle Casualty Ward. I even had a visit from an Australian Captain who assured me I could not possibly be who I said I was and would be investigated and charged, never heard from him again. Now I have been wearing the FLS (Front Line Service)  medal tin long before the later Australian Gongs I still wear it because it is and was a direct challenge to wankers who write this crap up. As for the last minis they are set up for display and is missing 2 Vietnamese ones which when I get them will go into the book this FRAUD WHOEVER HE MAY BE CAN READ ABOUT THE TRUTH OF COMMAND IN AUSTRALIA AND VIETNAM and the verifying officer. So the only SILLY individual is the IGNORANT AUTHOR OF THIS CRAP

Here is another passage from him

 THIS IS SLANDER AND AN INCORRECT OPINION AS I AM ONLY BACKING WHAT A WELL RESPECTED OFFICER HAS STATED AND PROOF IS PROVIDED. MY CONTRIBUTION IS ABOUT WHY I MUTINEED (sic) AND THE FACT I WAS NOT COURT MARTIALLED, THE NEW COMMANDER OF THE MAT WAS LIED TO ABOUT IT (didn't even know I existed after arriving the day after I left) AND THE FACT THAT A CIA AGENT TOOK COMMAND OF 89 MACV A MILITARY UNIT IS IN AUSTRALIAN VIETNAM WAR HISTORY. REMOVE IT OR I will get legal advice about this and the other charges against AHQ. And I would suggest you give the syphilitic harlot you used for this a smack around the chops. Oh and by the way you failed to mention I am not wearing MY ENTITLED UNIT CITATION WITH FEDERATION STAR for my part in 2nd Coral and both Balmorals. You got me on where I wear my PH and my FLS tin which I will continue to do so fuckwits like your abuser can expose themselves. To even mention the rack that I ""OWN"" and use in the book as an example is anexample what a slut you have reporting for you

We have said that McLeod is a Medals Cheat and a conspiracy theorist.  McLeod's response is proof that we have got it right.

MacLeod spent time deployed to Malaysia before being deployed to Vietnam for 756 days in an Infantry role.  We believe that the Army should carefully consider mental health issues, before committing soldiers to long term repetitive deployments to war zones. 

 

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Have no doubt, Sydney Alexander McLeod has served with distinction. He served two tours with a total of 756 days in Vietnam. All that time was spent as a combat soldier. His first tour in 1967 - 1968 was as a Private Soldier and his second tour 1970 -1971 was as a Sergeant.


Sydney Alexander McLeod



Notice the last two medals he wears are:

USA Purple Heart
Front line medal

The Purple Heart is not a medal authorised by the Governor General of Australia and must never be attached to his genuine rack of medals.

The Purple Heart was issued to USA service persons who were wounded in action. McLeod was wounded in action on the 22 January 1968 when the vehicle hit a mine at GR509546 South of Lo Gom. He was evacuated to a USA Military Hospital and claims whilst recovering in hospital was presented with the Purple Heart by a US Army Officer. Irrespective of how he acquired the Medal, protocol dictates that it must not be worn with Australian Defence or Federal medals on the left breast.


Sydney McLeod



The Front Line Medal is an unauthorised, unofficial, self purchased commemorative medal and must not be worn with Defence or Federal Medals.


Sydney McLeod



McLeod is well known in the Veteran community because of his rantings about how corrupt the Australian Army was in Vietnam. He is a silly conspiracy theorist and he is the corrupt one, due to his shenanigans to corrupt the Australian Honours and Awards system.

Below is another rack of medals that he owns. He has not been seen wearing this rack of medals and therefore has not committed any offence


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He would be entitled to wear seven of the twelve medals. Five of the medals are fanciful awards that he believes he should have been presented with. The Australian Government decides who wears what. It is people like McLeod who are chipping away at the integrity of the Australians Honours system.

Irrespective of his personal belief that he can wear whatever he likes, ANZMI will report him and his ilk wherever and whenever they offend.

Welcome to the website Sydney Alexander McLeod.

Surname: Urban
Christian Names: Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Darling Range
Service #: Unknown
Service: British Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 1985
Completion of service: 1989
Case Notes:

 

Barry URBAN Update May, 2018.

Barry URBAN the former MLA and elected member for Darling Range, Western Australia has resigned his position from the Western Australia State Parliament.

Urban resigned the day before the Western Australia Parliament Procedures and Privileges Committee released its comprehensive report into Urban’s disgraceful behaviour in -;

1. wearing an un-awarded Australian Police Overseas Service Medal,
2. claiming non existent Police service in Bosnia investigating war crimes,
3. claiming non awarded University degrees and College Certificates,
4. forging a University Degree from Leeds University.

The final result is that the Procedures and Privileges Committee recommended that Urban should be expelled from Parliament and that the seat of Darling Range becomes vacant.

The lies and deception by Urban have continued over a long period of time.

It is surprising that Urban, a long time fraud and false pretender, could have deceived so many people for so long.

Had it not been for the due diligence of Journalist Gary Adshead from the West Australian Newspaper and Western Australia retired Police Officers, Urban would still be representing the seat of Darling Range and receiving his $200,000 plus salary per annum. All based on deceit.

His claim to the Cyprus UNIFCYP medal is still being investigated.

He is also currently under investigation by the West Australia Police Fraud Squad for several possible criminal offences committed.

Below are some articles from the West Australian Newspaper, which sum up the demise of former W.A. State MLA Barry Urban.
It all started with Urban’s purchase of an un-entitled Police Overseas Service Medal (POSM) from a Perth Medal Shop and ended with his resignation from Parliament.



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Below is the comprehensive report of the Western Australia Procedures and Privileges Committee.

www.parliament.wa.gov.au/parliament/comm...E/$file/93184449.pdf

ANZMI make no further comment other than to thank the many concerned Western Australia Police Officers, both retired and current, and members of the public who contacted us about Urban. Gary Adshead, Senior Journalist, The West Australian Newspaper, has acted in a most professional manner in the way he has dealt with this complex matter.

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PREFACE:

ANZMI are an impartial group of former Australian and New Zealand Military Veterans. ANZMI is not aligned with any political party in Australia or New Zealand. Our role in the Australian and New Zealand Veteran Communities is to protect the honour of all those men and women, who are currently serving in those Defence Forces, or who have served and or died on War Like, Non War Like, Peacekeeping, or Peacetime deployments.

Our objective is to target and expose those, who claim that they have done the hard yards, and/or boast of non- existent operational service, or wear Australian and New Zealand medals and other accoutrements that have not been awarded to them.

This site lists a multitude of Imposters, including Valour Thieves, Medal Cheats and Wannabees, who, for their own personal glory and benefit, have illegally boasted of operational service, that they have not performed, or worn medals illegally. Both these types of deceitful imposters commit offences against the Australian Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B.

In New Zealand, the illegal actions of military imposters are covered under of the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918 Section 4A.

Those who wear unearned medals, purchase them from Medal Dealer’s shops, or online.

Their behaviour is unacceptable to all genuine veterans.
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The below photograph depicts Mr Barry Urban. MLA. Barry Urban was born on the 10 December, 1968 in Ashlington. Northumberland, England. He is the current sitting member for the State electorate for Darling Range, Western Australia, near Perth.. He is now an Independent, following his resignation from the Australian Labor Party, following serious questions regarding his integrity and credibility.

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In the above photographs, Urban is wearing -;
1. The Australian Police Overseas Service Medal. (POSM) No clasp.
2. The United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal.(UNFICYP)


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The Police Overseas Service Medal is an award in the Australian honours system. The award is presented to those members of an Australian Police force who undertake service;
• with international peace-keeping organisations, or
• Following a request from another government for assistance.
The award was introduced by letters patent on 25 April 1991.
It comes with a clasp denoting the area of assigned UN deployment.

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The above medal is the United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal. (UNFICYP)
It is awarded: for 3 months' service with the Mission, keeping peace between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Civilian Police or members of any Nation’s Defence Forces, who serve in Cyprus for the qualifying period, are eligible to apply for this medal.

Barry Urban’s life is described below in a Biography that appeared on Face book.

On leaving school, he joined the British Army about 1984, discharged, and then joined the Hertfordshire Constabulary, England.
Biography Face book Barry Urban.
Biography
About Barry Urban

Barry was born in a mining village in the North East of England called Ashington in Northumberland. His mother was a nursing assistant and father was a coal miner until the colliery closed and he made a living selling rose bushes; a casualty of the miners' dispute in the mid 1980s.

His childhood was like that of most children from the area: hard and eventful. After leaving school at the age of 16, Barry joined the British Army. He has obtained a number of qualifications, and spent a large portion of his career on exercises and military operations in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Namibia, attaining military medals and a citation.

In late 1989 Barry joined the UK police in Hertfordshire after a brief tour in the Ascension Islands. Throughout his police career he spent a number of years on front line duties, Police Tactical firearms and finally as a detective on the Regional Crime Squad.

During his career in the police force Barry obtained a Bachelor Degree and a Post Graduate Degree in police studies.
After returning from duties in Bosnia carrying out war crime investigations, he retired from the UK Police Force and was awarded a police medal and another citation.

After a period of almost 12 months travelling the world Barry found himself in Rockingham, Western Australia, and decided to apply for immigration and was granted a visa and later citizenship.

His first five years in Australia were spent working in the construction industry as a production manager, projects manager then area manager in the Pilbara and Kimberley.

Barry returned to the police force in 2005 and was involved in a number of major initiatives in the South East Metro District and front line policing.

In 2011 he decided to run for Local Government and was elected into the Serpentine Jarrahdale Council. His involvement has been great and vast with involvement in the State Graffiti task force, the State Trails Reference Group, Peel Tourism, National Trust and a number of other community groups.

Barry's time serving on the council verified the lack of support for the South East corridor and the Darling Range area. The frustration over this issue was felt both at home and within the community groups he is involved with, which prompted Barry to run for the seat of Darling Range in the State election and finally give the families living in the area the support they need.
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The above profile has since been removed from his Face book page.

Below is a copy of his LinkedIn profile and also through his maiden speech to the WA Parliament in 2017. -;


Lance Bombadier
Wingate Troop
3RHA J(Sidi Rezegh) Battery
June 1985 - December 1989
Served in Paderborn, Germany
Cyprus
Northern Ireland


Initially, Barry Urban’s life started to unravel following his election to the Western Australian Parliament in March, 2017, as the member for Darling Range. His photograph appeared in a number of published media articles wearing the Australian POSM and the UNFICYP medals.

Obviously, something did not seem right with some former colleagues, who knew that Urban had not served overseas, as a Western Australia Police Officer to Cyprus, in an Australian United Nations contingent, during his 6 years service. It was also obvious that he was not entitled to wear the Australian Police Overseas Service Medal. (POSM), that he had been observed wearing for many years. It could not have been awarded to him as he was not entitled.

On the 18 November, 2017, the following front page article appeared in the “West Australian” News Paper.

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Following the publishing of this article, ANZMI were inundated with emails from concerned former Police, and Military personnel, and also members of the public.

Concerns were expressed regarding Urban’s non credible and conflicting excuses, regarding how he came into possession of the POSM.

He initially claimed that the POSM was a legitimate International Police Award for his British Police service in Bosnia.

That is a lie. It is an Australian award.

He further claimed that the British and Australian Overseas Police Service Medals were exactly the same. That is also a lie.

He stated that he must have been sent the wrong one by the British Police 17 years ago. That is also a lie The British Police/Government does not issue Australian Federal Awards.

In the article, he is quoted as stating, “I will be honest with you, the medal I have is totally different to the one I should have. This was sent to me in 2000, and I have been wearing it ever since. I have written to the UK Police to find out what has gone on”. That statement is also a lie.

The medal that Urban is referring to is the “Commemorative International Police Medal” You can purchase it on line for about UK20 pounds sterling.. ANZMI refer to them as “Tin medals” They are trinkets. If you have to buy a medal, you did not earn it. Simple as that.

Below is the ribbon for the International Police Medal. It is not exactly the same as the POSM as claimed by Urban. In fact, it is nothing like it.

 

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Strangely, a former Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Major, and now Western Australia Labor Party politician and Housing Minister, Mr Peter Tinley, has been quoted below -;

Housing Minister Peter Tinley — a former Special Air Service Regiment commander — defended Mr. Urban yesterday.
“Let’s be really clear about this, his service is not in question — his administration is,” Mr. Tinley said. “He served in Cyprus, he’s served in Bosnia and he’s given great service. He’s just unfortunately got his administration wrong and applied for or obtained the wrong medal.”

By his own admission, Urban has been wearing this medal fraudulently for 17 years. That is not "wrong administration", Mr Tinley; it is deceitful behaviour over a very long period, by someone who should know a lot better.. It is contemptible to genuine Police and Military personnel who have served in Operational theatres of conflict. You should agree with that.

Urban has subsequently admitted that he purchased the POSM from a Medal dealer in Western Australia.

Since Urban was detected deceitfully wearing the Federal Award, he has taken time off his parliamentary duties on stress leave. He has since stated that he is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He stated in the W.A Parliament on the 30 November, 2017, about his fraudulent wearing of the POSM -; (Source ABC News)

On the admission he had falsely represented a medal as an official award from British authorities, when he had actually purchased it online,
Mr Urban insisted he was under the "genuine but mistaken" belief that it was the correct medal.
"I am embarrassed by my error and for the hurt I may have caused by my actions," he said.


If you believe that statement, you might also believe in Santa !!!

Urban continues the façade. His claims are totally inconsistent with reality, and are not believable. Just ask his alleged Medal dealer!

He claims British Army military service in Cyprus with the United Nations, as a Lance Bombadier, Artillery. - You do not get awarded an Australian Police Overseas Service Medal for that.

He would know that!

He also claims British Police overseas service in Bosnia-Herzgovina investigating war crimes. – You do not get awarded an Australian Police Overseas Service Medal for that either.

He would know that as well!

Investigations are continuing by an appointed W.A. Parliamentary Committee, regarding his claims of University degrees, allegedly awarded to him in the United Kingdom, and other matters.

He has already admitted to the W.A Parliament that he was not awarded a Diploma that he had previously claimed. Two Universities in the U.K., where Urban claims to have been awarded degrees, have never heard of him.

Also his alleged military service in Cyprus and entitlement to the UNFICYP, and police service in Bosnia-Herzegovina needs to be thoroughly investigated..

He could save a lot of people a lot of trouble, by just proving his claims, and telling the truth about his Army and Police overseas service. If his memory is as bad as what it seems, he could simply order of a copy of his records from the U.K. and produce them.

In fairness, we sent Urban an email inviting him to provide details of his claimed Cyprus service, and evidence that he was entitled to wear the POSM and the UNFICYP. He has not responded.

In the meantime, Urban continues on as the State Member for Darling Range, Western Australia. He has since resigned from the Australian Labor Party, and is now an Independent for that electorate.

He is a false pretender and he should resign.

An update will be provided in the near future regarding Mr. Barry Urban. MLA.

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