Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Halter
Christian Names: Anthony Alan
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Nambour
Service #: 8099721
Service: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Branch: Seaman
Commencement of service: 11.03.1996
Completion of service: 5.11.2007
Case Notes:



Well here we go again folks. Anthony Halter, our infamous ex Royal Australian Navy Officer, medals cheat and fraud just cannot help himself.

Our original exposure of Halter below, disclosed that he appeared before the Nambour Magistrates Court on the 17 December, 2018, and was convicted and fined $1.000 dollars for wearing un-awarded Australian Military medals and accoutrements. He claimed to the Magistrate that he only had six months to live and that he wanted to wear the purchased medals before they were officially issued, and before he died of a brain tumour.

Surprise, surprise, eight months later, the medals he referred to will not be officially issued to him, because he is not entitled to them. Halter’s life revolves around a litany of lies and fraudulent acts. We could also throw in perjury.

Following his conviction in Nambour, and the ANZMI original exposure, Halter decided to up stakes and move to the quiet town of Stanthorpe, South East Queensland, where he was not known. He then became involved with the local veteran community and on Anzac Day 2019, following the Anzac Day March, local RSL members questioned his medal entitlements.

He claimed the following -;

1. He served with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Intelligence.
2. He flew Sea King helicopters.
3. He flew RAN fixed wing aircraft.
4. He served multiple special operation tours in Kuwait, East Timor and Afghanistan (twice) and the Iraq invasion.
5. He was shot in Afghanistan.
6. He was on the ground in Afghanistan, when a fellow Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) colleague was killed in action by a landmine in 2002.
7. He was also called in to assist with the investigation of the Sea King helicopter crash in Banda Aceh.

All the above claims from Halter are lies.

Halter was reported to the Stanthorpe Police for wearing the un-awarded Australian Military medals. The Police also searched his home, as did the Nambour Police previously.

We have been advised that on the 17 July, 2019, exactly seven months to the day of his last appearance at Nambour Magistrates Court for identical offences, he appeared at the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to five counts of wearing military awards that he has no entitlement.

He was duly convicted and fined $1,500 dollars for his behaviour.

His genuine medal entitlement for his service is the following -;

1. AASM 2 clasps East Timor and Afghanistan.
2. Afghanistan Medal.
3. Australian Operational Service Medal – Sovereign Border.
4. Australian Defence Medal.
5. UNTAET medal.

He is not entitled to the rest. (See original entry) He also has no entitlement to wear the Army Combat Badge and RAN Pilots wings above his medal rack.

For his recalcitrant behaviour, Halter has now been fined a total sum of $2500 dollars in seven months for identical offences against the Defence Act 1903 Section 80B.

Improper use of service decorations
(1) A person commits 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.

Halter is an inveterate liar and a fraud. As a former Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, his behaviour is a disgrace.
He will no doubt be leaving town again soon, and resurfacing elsewhere to ingratiate himself in the local veteran community, where he will hope that he is not recognised.

As one of our Stanthorpe veterans told us -;

“He moved here to Stanthorpe after being caught out in Nambour last December. Obviously tried to make out to be a hero in a new town. The problem for him is, we are many and we are everywhere”.

So true.

ANZMI extend our appreciation to all the veterans of Stanthorpe for their vigilance in outing Halter again. Also to the Stanthorpe Police for their response in helping all genuine veterans maintain the integrity of the Australian Department of Defence Honours and Awards system.


Anthony Alan Halter, was born on the 16 October, 1972. He is now 46 years of age. In 1996, at the age of 23, he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy. He served on the Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessel Wewak during the East Timor crisis and HMAS Arunta during its tour of the Middle East. According to Halter, he also served on RAN submarines for a few months in 2001.

During the last five years of his service, Halter claims he attained the rank of Sub Lieutenant and in 2005 the rank of Lieutenant. He held this rank until he was medically discharged in November, 2007 after 11 years and 8 months service.


In the above photograph, taken a few years before his discharge, Halter is wearing the rank of Lieutenant. He also wears the following medals-,

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with clasps, Afghanistan and East Timor.
2. Afghanistan Medal.
3. Defence Force Medal. (DFM)
4. United Nations Transitional East Timor Medal. (UNTAET)

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In the above more recent photograph, Halter wears the following medals -;
1. AASM 2 clasps.
2. Afghanistan Medal.
3. Australian Operational Service Medal – Border Protection.
4. Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal.
5. DFM.
7. International Security Assistance Force. (ISAF)

He also wears the RAN Aircrew badge above his medal rack and strangely, an Army Combat Badge. (ACB) He is not entitled to either award.

In 2012, Halter joined the Nambour RSL Sub Branch. He listed on his application form that he had service in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Peacekeeping duties.

In May, 2018, due to some concerns raised by members of the local veteran community, Halter left a copy of the following document at the Nambour RSL Services and Citizens Club.

ANZMI were notified and sent a copy from a concerned anonymous source who is not associated with either the Services Club or the Sub Branch. There are numerous grammatical and spelling errors. As well, there are references to medals that have never been awarded to Halter. An astute current or former member of the Australian Defence Force would immediately know that this letter is a forgery, and that only one person could benefit from its existence.



In this letter, Halter is claiming a great deal more medals than previously displayed. The list just keeps getting bigger.

In particular, he claims the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and the Conspicuous Service Cross. (CSC) He was never awarded these medals. There are also claims for other medals and clasps that he has no entitlement to.

He claims a clasp for active service in Iraq, yet he does not wear the Iraq Medal. He claims a Special Operation clasp and a Bouganville clasp for the Australian Service Medal (ASM). However, he does claim or wear the actual ASM.

His genuine medal entitlement for his service is the following -;

1. AASM 2 clasps East Timor and Afghanistan.
2. Afghanistan Medal.
3. Australian Operational Service Medal – Sovereign Border.
4. Australian Defence Medal.
5. UNTAET medal.

As a result of his lies and wearing unearned medals and accoutrements that he is not entitled to, Halter was reported to the local Nambour Police. His house was searched and evidence seized. He was charged with "Misuse of service decorations", and appeared before the Nambour Magistrates Court. The following newspaper article details the demise of Anthony Alan Halter.



Halter, a former Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, is a fraud and a medal cheat. He has embellished his service to portray a false image.

For his sins he was convicted and fined $1000.00. He can count himself lucky.

At ANZMI, we wonder why Halter, who was selected as an Able Seaman to undergo Officer training and then progress through the ranks to Midshipman, Sub Lieutenant and then Lieutenant, would go to all the trouble of risking public humiliation and Court convictions to impress others, that he does not even know.

Does not make sense.

Surname: Laing
Christian Names: David
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Murrary Bridge
Service: Australian Army Reserves
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:



David Laing was the President of the Murray Bridge, Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch.


Whilst officiating at the Sub Branch he wore three peacetime Defence medals as shown above. The medals are:

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)
Australian Cadets Medal (ACM)

Laing is entitled to wear only the ADM and the ACM, he was never involved with National Service, and was wearing the medal illegally.

Despite his initial dishonesty, when he was exposed, he gallantly "fell on his sword" and penned the following email:


As is the case with Laing, being a medals cheat can very much disrupt your world. Veterans and ex service persons, all over Australia are on watch for offenders, and will submit reports

Simply put, it is not worth it.

Laing resigned as the President of the Murray Bridge RSL Sub Branch. He is now eligible to be President of the Wannabe Sub Branch on this webs site.

Surname: POLLARD
Christian Names: Vernon Joseph
Country: Australia
State or Province: .
City or Town: .
Service #: 3777580
Service: National Service
Case Notes:


In veteran vernacular, Vernon Pollard was a Nasho who is now a wannabe, because he wears a lot of "Tin".


Here is a list of the medals he wore on a commemorative occasion in Maryborough Queensland.

Australian Defence Medal. Authorised
Commemoration of National Service Medal. Authorised
Queens Golden Jubilee medal. Non authorised
Cannot identify Non authorised
Conscription medal Non authorised
(CMF) Citizens Military Forces/Reserve Forces tin medal riband. Non authorised

He is entitled to wear only these two medals.

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He wears six. Three of the six can be clearly identified as non authorised, self awarded "Tin" medals. One of the six is mostly hidden and cannot be identified, but it will be another "Tinny".


His two legitimate medals were for National Service in Australia, however, his posterity, and uninformed civilians celebrating a commemorative occasion, would interpret him as a battle hardened veteran. Those who know, and now those who read this, will know, that he earned only two medals for domestic service in Australia, and that his behaviour is a disgrace to the Australian and New Zealand veteran community.

There are many who wear less than six medals, who have done hard service on overseas deployments and deserve accolades. Pollard is no more that a wannabe, who completed minimal service as a National Serviceman and deserves derision for "his" six medals, not the accolades he seeks.

Surname: ROWE
Christian Names: Terrence Geoffrey
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Wingham
Service #: R65258
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Medical (Dental Assistant
Commencement of service: 1966
Completion of service: 1986
Case Notes:


Terrence Geoffrey Rowe attends art classes at the NSW country town of Wingham to get solace and alleviate the crippling Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from his "spending 1971 on HMAS Sydney taking troops to Vietnam"

Terry Rowe's Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll, shows that he served on active service in Vietnam for 126 days. THAT IS WRONG! In fact he spent less than 6 days anchored in Vung Tau Harbour aboard HMAS Sydney. During the whole of the Vietnam war, no Australian Defence personnel were ever wounded in action whilst on board HMAS Sydney during delivery deployments.




The reason for the counting error, is that the RAN counted the days from departure of the last Australian port, until the day arriving back at first Australian or allied port. Whereas, a soldier being transported on board HMAS Sydney, had days in Vietnam counted from the time he set foot on land in Vietnam, until the day he stepped off land.

The RAN also made a significant blunder, in awarding the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) to thousands of RAN personnel who did not earn it. See here:

Rowe is being reported for his nefarious claim of being injured on active service, and taking his claim through the DVA system, to the Australian Appeals Tribunal (AAT), thus slowing down processing , for those in genuine need, with genuine injuries and illnesses.

The crux of his claim, is that whilst anchored in Vung Tau harbour, he sniffed or ingested Agent Orange, which after a chain of events, caused him to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). His Agent Orange problem was exacerbated, because, whilst on active service, during the few days he was anchored in Vung Tau harbour, he was subjected to poison from teeth amalgams that he had to mix,

He blames a family medical problem for his PTSD, and blames the family medical problem on Agent Orange, therefore Agent Orange caused his PTSD,

We understand that he would have been under stress, relating to family medical problems, that happened in Australia, well after his series of a few days of active service.

Here is what the journalist quoted Rowe as having said. Note incorrect spelling of his name as Roe instead of Rowe,



There has been a huge international debate about the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, Agent Orange was a 50/50 mixture of two herbicides: 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T, used to aerial spray forests in Vietnam to reduce foliage cover for the North Vietnamese.

It is ridiculous to espouse that there was Agent Orange pollution, at sea in Vung Tau harbour, in 1971 that could be accidentally ingested by a Dental Assistant, on the deck, or in the dental surgery of HMAS Sydney.

For Rowe to try and link Agent Orange, and dental amalgam as active service injuries is preposterous,

It costs time and money for the DVA claims system to function. Nefarious claims end up at the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). AAT is manned by eminent legal and medical people, to adjudicate on claims. The AAT is a very fair system based on court like proceedings. Quite often, the Tribunal finds for the appellant. Bogus claims like Rowe's, are, by law, required to be fully investigated, and rejected without prejudice, except, that Australian and New Zealand veterans, are happy to be prejudiced and report Rowe's behaviour.

Here are the the findings of the AAT regarding Rowe's claim. Note that Rowe's claim was conclusively rejected.

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In the late 1990s and early 2000s there was a never ending array of crooked claims that were sent to AAT for decision. In particular a person who appears on this web site, was responsible for many of them: See Roque "China" Hammall here :

From 1991 "China" Hammal ran a veteran disability support organization in Perth WA, named "Australian Navy in Vietnam Support Veteran's Association. (ANVSVA). Veterans would provide ANVSVA with their name and what ship they served on in Vietnam. The ANVSVA would study events that occurred on that ship and then splice the veteran into a Ship Stressor, and then get a percentage of whatever lump sum the successful applicant received.

Another interesting crooked applicant was Major Joseph Brain of the Gold Coast, Queensland who convinced the system that he had served in Vietnam, but in fact was never there: See here:

Following the exposure of Hammell, Brain and many others, DVA through necessity, slowed down their processing, whilst stopping most of the crooks, it made submitting claims by genuine veterans much harder.

Terrence Geoffrey Rowe is receiving solace for his "Agent Orange caused PTSD", but he will get no solace from DVA or from Australia and New Zealand veterans. He will however get attention, and a little infamy aboard the good ship ANZMI, which is free of agents of any colour, and does not use amalgam in their tooth booth.

Christian Names: John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service: Nil
Case Notes:


Should you seek information about John Torcasio. On Google, you will find a sterling pictorial story of a "Top Gun" Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot as per below:

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There is very little else on the Facebook page, and he does not claim in writing, to be an RAAF pilot, nor does he say he is not.

John Toscasio was asked about the Facebook entry, as per below:

"Good morning John

Great photos of you and Jet fighters.

Are you a member of the RAAF or is it some other Air Force.

Best regards


Hi xxxx

I am a hobby photographer not in any air force they are just
prop photos

Regards John"

Toscasio exceeds his claimed purpose for publishing the photographs (hobbyist), and there is no explanation. A reasonable person would believe, he is a jet pilot from the RAAF, in accordance with the photographs he exhibits.

If John Torcasio published the photographs to achieve notoriety, he has achieved his objective. This information will be published throughout the world, but, he will not be seen as a "hot shot Top gun" instead he will be known as a "not so hot" ANZMI Wannabe.

Surname: Heberle
Christian Names: Ian John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Geraldton
Service #: 5717190
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:



After being exposed as a medals cheat in 2018, here are details from the Geraldton Guardian newspaper, dated October 2020.



On ANZAC Day 2020 he was again photographed wearing the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) and an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) neither of which he has earned.

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 It is also reported in the Geraldton Guardian Newspaper that Herberle was returned to Australia from Vietnam after being wounded in action. That information is not true, and such a statement gives false credence to his wearing of the RVCM and the ICB. If he had been returned to Australia after having been wounded in action he would be entitled to wear the medal and also the ICB.

Ian Heberle is an ex President of the Geraldton Western Australia Returned and Services League (RSL) and is obviously a luminary of that institution.

Heberle may be a doyen, but he does not overrule the Australian Governor General, or, The Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat, Government House, or Directorate of Honours and Awards, Department of Defence.

To preserve the honour of our awards system, he, like all veterans must following traditions and protocols.

It is suggested that the Western Australia RSL Headquarters, take action against the Geraldton RSL and Ian Heberle, for flouting medals rules and protocols.

Herbele's mates, and all others, who wear the medal and badge, had to serve in Vietnam 181 days for the RVCM, and 90 days with an Infantry Battalion for the ICB. What Herbele is doing is falsely claiming to have been WIA in Vietnam.



Ian Heberle wears five medals and six badges.   He did not earn one of the medals and one of the badges




He wears:


Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) - Not entitled

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) - Not entitled


Heberle served in Vietnam for 87 days as a Private Infantry Soldier.   Entitlement to wear the RVCM requires service of 181 days.




Those who were classified as Battle Casualties and returned to Australia before completing 181 days are also entitled to wear the medal. Heberle did some hard work in Vietnam but was never classified as a Battle Casualty.




Above his medal ribbons he is wearing the prestigious ICB.




Entitlement for this badge is:




As he served in Vietnam for only 87 days he is not entitled to wear the ICB.


Heberle is from a family with military history as he wears on his right breast World War 2 medals that were earned by a direct relative.


Heberle, like many other Returned Veterans has chosen to purchase and wear a medal and a badge that he did not earn.


A nation wide audit of photographs from commemorative occasions is under way resulting in many exposures of Veterans wearing medals they did not earn.  


Heberle has been caught and placed on this website, where he will remain for a very long time.



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