SCHAAF aka FAKAUTOKI

Date of Entry: 17/04/2018
Surname: SCHAAF aka FAKAUTOKI
Christian Names: Dieter
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC & QLD
City or Town: Melbourne & Brisbane
Service #: N/A
Service: N/A
Branch: N/A
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

Case Notes:

“Sleep tight tonight, your Air Force is awake”, well the real one is anyway.   The Air Force that Dieter Fakautoki (aka Schaaf) belongs to, only exists in his head.

Dieter Fakautoki, the ‘flying barber’ from Melbourne and formerly from Brisbane is the owner and operator of Lion Fortress & Man Cave, a barber shop in Melbourne.   When he is not giving his customers a trim, he would like us to believe he is a Veteran RAAF Pilot and he has the photographs to prove it.

 

Dieter Fakautok

 

You have to admit, he’s a pretty handsome looking rooster, at least that’s the image he is trying to convey to the ladies via his Facebook and Instagram accounts.   Unfortunately for him, the one thing that Dieter has forgotten is that he is not actually a Pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), nor has he seen military service in Afghanistan, Iraq or for that matter, Australia.

 

Dieter Fakautok

 

The above image, posed by Dieter on Australia Day 2018 just about sums him up.   As you can see, he is wearing both the Australian Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.   He is not however wearing them on the right breast as a mark of respect for a relative but rather simply because he just doesn’t know anything about honours and awards.   You will note that on his left breast he wears a ribbon bar, albeit in this image it is upside down as opposed to other images we have.   He is also adorned with RAAF Pilot Wings for which he has no entitlement whatsoever.

Note his comments on this image, particularly the last three lines.   It seems after all his experience in the RAAF, he still doesn’t understand the rank structure if the Air Force nor does he understand the difference between Groups, Wings and Squadrons.   Given however that he is a fraud, that is understandable.

Dieter seems to have pulled of quiet a coup.   In this image he appears to be a Sergeant Pilot.   Given that the RAAF has not had Non-Commissioned Pilots for over 50 years he seems to have done well for himself.   He certainly holds his age well.

 

Dieter Fakautok

 

Dieter seems to have access to a range of RAAF uniforms, but just can’t seem to get things right.

 

 

Dieter Fakautok


Dieter Fakautok

 

 

Not one to be a shy violet, Dieter is quite prepared to help the Australian Defence Force recruit new members with some timely advice on social media.

 

 Dieter Fakautok

 

The one thing we have noticed about Dieter is that when he is actually in a position to be photographed near a genuine Air Force asset, he wears civilian clothes, we wonder why?

 

Dieter 7

 

The truth is, Dieter SCHAAF (Dieter FAKAUTOK as he is more widely known) is a fraud and a wannabe.

He wears the Australian Afghanistan Medal and the Australian Iraq Medal, both of which he has no entitlement too.   He also wears the Australian Defence Force Medal (ADM) but has no entitlement to that award either.   In fact, we can find no evidence that he ever served in the Australian Defence Force.  

Unfortunately, he has also failed to realise that he should have the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) to accompany the awards he is wearing, but given he has no entitlement to any of them, it doesn’t really matter.

What does matter is that he is committing offences against the Defence Act Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A

Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and

(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section:

(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;

(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and

(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B

Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person wears a service decoration; and

(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) Where the person upon whom a service decoration was conferred has died, it is not an offence against subsection (1) for a member of the family of that person to wear the service decoration if the member of the family does not represent himself as being the person upon whom the decoration was conferred.

Note: The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2). See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

(3) It is not an offence against subsection (1) for a person to wear a service decoration in the course of a dramatic or other visual representation (including such a representation to be televised) or in the making of a cinematograph film.

Note: The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3). See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

(4) A person shall not falsely represent himself as being the person upon whom a service decoration has been conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(5) A person shall not deface or destroy, by melting or otherwise, a service decoration.

Penalty: 60 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.

 

Dieter 8

 

He also wears RAAF Pilots wings, again without any idea of the dedication, perseverance and demands placed upon those genuine men and women who earn them after years of study and training.

There is no doubt here, no grey areas, just plain lies and deceit.   What is concerning is the fact that Dieter’s access to various forms of RAAF uniform, thankfully his lack of understanding has made it easy to spot this fake, but to the untrained eye he could pass himself off as the genuine article.  

 

Dieter 9

 

Let us hope that the appropriate agencies take an interest in this wannabe and take appropriate action against him.  

The next time you are in Melbourne looking for a trim, drop in to the Lion Fortress & Man Cave and say hello to Dieter, the flying barber and ask him to recount his acts of daring-do as an ‘Air Mobility Pilot’ in the RAAF.   With ANZAC Day on the horizon, perhaps our flying ace might make an appearance.   Keep your eyes open.

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