Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Bain
Christian Names: David Malcolm
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Sadliers Crossing
Case Notes:

David Malcolm Bain

While we had sufficient information to publish the Wing Commander David Bain story before Grahame Keaton's, it was decided that we should wait until the RAAF and ADF had finished their investigations into his behaviour, howeverlast Sunday, 19 March 06, the Bain story appeared in the Queensland Sunday Mail, seemingly provided by an enthusiastic wannabe hunter who was not, and is not, connected to ANZMI.

That news article is belowwith a better view of his 17 medals and three citations from the Distinguished Service Medal down to the Kuwait Liberation Medal shown enlarged, below the news article


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citations

The medals and citations he wore are all United States awards and are:

Distinguished Service Medal,
   Legion of Merit,
   Soldiers Medal,
   Bronze Star,
   Meritorious Service Medal,
   Air Medal,
  Army Commendation Medal,
  Air Force Commendation Medal
  Army Achievement Medal,
  Good Conduct Medal,
National Defence Service Medal
   Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
  Southwest Asia Service Medal,
   Armed Forces Reserves Medal,
  UN Medal
   Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi),
   Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)  or Multi Force and Observers medal.
  
CITATIONS
   Army Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious
   Unit
   Citation, and the Army Meritorious Unit Citation.

 RAAF Pilot brevet. (Wings)

Now that the cat's out of the bag, we feel we can add to what was shown in the article.

David Bain came to our attention in late January 2006 when we were asked to check on his US Military service. Our friends in the US, Chuck and Mary Schantag of POW Network, did the necessary searches and came up with a nil result.

It was reported that Bain claimed to have been an Australian fighter pilot who was later seconded to the US and flew all sorts of missions there during the past decade or so.

A report of him claiming to have been a 16 year US Army helicopter pilot was also received, with stories of him flying Apaches.

 

24 October 2005. In a press interview, as advertising for selling air-conditioners from his shop, he was referred to as a former RAAF helicopter pilot, it was further stated that he was already trained and entered the RAAF as a pilot in 1972.

In this interview he was also quoted as saying that he won a flying scholarship in 1971 and entered the RAAF but he contradicts this in a later interview where he said it was 1970. 

In either case it seems he was born 4 November 1954 and a RAAF pilot at age 15 or 16, very good.

 


The article above is from Strike Publications, Defence News (SE Queensland) Issue 36, dated 24 Oct 2006, page 8, a journal of the RAAF Amberley Base.

 

Squadron Leader Bain was appointed Office Commanding 2 Wing AAFC and promoted to Wing Commander on 1 January 06 and promptly sacked two of his senior officers. After Bain "resigned for health reasons" Canberra reinstated them.

On 1 February 06, Bain was tossed out of his posting as OC and RAAF Security Police began investigating how he came by his RAAF pilot brevetbadge and all the US Army medals.  The RAAF have indicated that they are proceeding with an investigation on his medals.  Will this finally see one of these bogus people being charged with medals offences?  We think not.  To investigate his medals they should also look at his "service" of providing medal mounting for Servicepersons.  No doubt this will lead to his access and obtaining the medals he illegal wore fraudulently.

At no time was he a RAAF pilot.  We know the RAAF are reading this page.  Will they (eventually) contact us and advise the outcome of their investigations into his bogus medals and the charges they have preferred against him, again we think not. 

The RAAF is as confused as all the people involved with medals in the Australian Government and until such time as the government can locate an expert on medals to fix all the problems and introduce into law
proper usage and severe fines that they will enforcefor fraudulent medal wearers, then the problems like Bain will continue to surface and we will continue to expose them.

A Defence Force Policy statement was issued on 18 February 2004 and this is what both BAIN and KEATON would have signed off on as having read and understood. In the main it's basic leadership common sense so we only present point 12 and one of the commanding officer's responsibilities.

 

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE CADETS (ADFC)
OUR BEHAVIOUR POLICY– a guide for staff and other adults working with Cadets
CADET STAFF CODE OF ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR


Cadet staff are responsible for:

12.   presenting themselves as a role model to Cadets by demonstrating these standards and values in their own behaviour in a manner that enhances the reputation of the Cadets


Further...

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES

As a commanding officer of the unit, your responsibilities are to:

       take action and respond fairly, promptly, seriously and with sensitivity to complaints of unacceptable behaviour.

 

Apparently not worth the paper it was written on where 2 Wing AAFC Qld was concerned.

19 May 07

Bain has used deception for his own personal gratification.  The article below says: Bain pleaded guilty to fraud, obtaining financial advantage by deception, falsely representing to be a returned soldier, wearing service decorations not conferred and using or wearing a Defence emblem (Pilot brevet).  This is an admission by his lawyer.  The lawyer also states "he has never been in trouble before"....most murderers are in the same boat and have to start somewhere.  He claims Bain  now worked assisting in air conditioner installation and "having a conviction would impact his economic situation."   So what we say.  He made the choice to impersonate a decorated service member and should now pay the penalty for his deception.  He abused his position of authority within the Defence Cadet structure especially at a time where cadets are thinking of a career within a Defence force that is having troubles with recruiting.   How do these youngsters feel about his deception? 


The magistrate has ordered a pre sentence report on this fool and adjourned the case to July 12.   This can mean a couple of things.   The do gooders now have the chance to plead a case of "he didn't really mean any harm" and because of the delay it is also possibly hoped the media will forget about the case so a lenient sentence can be dished out "so that his economic situation as an air conditioner installer is not harmed".  This is rubbish people.  He did the crime now do the time in accordance with the Defence Act 1903 section 80.  That is a maximum penalty of $3300 and or possible jail time and a recorded conviction.   As stated by the DVA Minister, the Hon Bruce Billson, MP in his press release here  which in part states;

"Under the Defence Act 1903 the penalties for the improper use of Service decorations and for impersonating Service personnel include a fine of up to $3300, six months imprisonment, or both.
Recently two people have been found guilty of offences under Sections 80 A and 80 B of the Defence Act for falsely claiming entitlements to medals. Further cases, resulting from the wearing of medals for which no entitlement exists, are currently subject to legal proceedings."


To those preparing the pre sentence report we say read the above.  Veterans and their service IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.  To ensure these people are stopped from their improper use of the uniform, service decorations and service, the maximum penalty should be used as a deterrent.  It is time that the law enforcers, judges, magistrates, federal police and the like, prosecuted these people to the fullest extent of the law and protect the Service, Honour and medals of the Australian Veterans.   Show your mettle here.  We look forward to the end result on 12 July. 

 

29 Sep 2007

Bain's adventure into the world of make believe and fraud has ended.  He was found guilty of numerous offences in the Ipswich, Queensland Magistrates Court and fined. The Magistrate described Bain's behaviour as bizarre. Below is a report of the legal proceedings

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Kearney
Christian Names: Benjamin Ian
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Narrabeen
Service #: 8491600
Service: Army
Branch: RAsigs
Commencement of service: 11 May 04
Completion of service: 12 Mar 08
Case Notes:

 

 

 

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Like the majority of his peers, Ben Kearney is into social media as a way of staying in touch with family and friends, as well as catching up with people from his past. But as we have seen in media reports in recent years, sometimes people tend to tell a few 'porkies' about themselves, their achievements and what they have been up to. From what we have been told and seen, Benjamin Ian Kearney falls into this category.


Ben's Facebook page would probably impress his friends as he recounts tasty little tit-bits about his military service with the Australian Army. It's all there - in the infantry, unarmed combat training and of course the standard one for military frauds, the para jump course.

But as the old saying goes 'a picture is worth a thousand words', so we draw your attention to the above photograph of Ben Kearney which appears on his fiancé's Facebook page. Smiling Ben has what we at ANZMI call the full Monty for today's medal cheat. Left of photo to right:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with 2 clasps possibly Afghanistan & Iraq, (NOT ENTITLED)

Afghanistan Campaign Medal, (NOT ENTITLED)

Iraq Campaign Medal, (NOT ENTITLED)

Australian Service Medal (ASM) clasp n/k, (NOT ENTITLED)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM), (ENTITLED)

NATO Service Medal Afghanistan (NOT ENTITLED)

Timor Leste Solidarity Medal. (NOT ENTITLED)

And the icing on this very impressive cake is the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) sitting above the medals. (NOT ENTITLED)

Unfortunately for Ben Kearney the only award he is entitled to wear on his left breast is the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).

Once Kearney completed his recruit training, he was allocated to Royal Australian Corps of Signals. When he completed his Initial Employment Training, he was employed as a Combat Signaller. In July 2005 Kearney changed from being a Combat Signaller to an Operator Communications. He continued in this role until he discharged medically unfit in March 2008. There's no mention of him ever being trained in unarmed combat or completing a para course.

Now that Ben has had the dubious pleasure of gracing our pages in all his glory, we suspect that his and his fiancé's Facebook pages will come in for some quick editing. And maybe a steady stream of 'unlikes' will begin to appear as well.

Benjamin Ian Kearney, you are a disgrace to the uniform you once wore and to the memory of those who sacrificed their lives and their physical and mental health in the service of Australia. Remove the medals you have been dishonestly wearing along with the ICB and fade into the obscurity you deserve.

Surname: Collison
Christian Names: Ben Adam Rohan
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Umina Beach
Service #: Not Known
Service: RAAF
Branch: Catering
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

Ben Collison is a rarity in the world of the wannabe. The reason for this is that he is one of the few who have been prosecuted for the offences committed by wearing medals when not entitled to do so. Hooray we here at ANZMI say, finally law enforcement in NSW have taken a leaf from the book of their Victorian and South Australian colleagues and taken the appropriate action by putting this peacock in front of the Courts to answer for his actions. Unfortunately as will be seen in the following paragraphs, it appears Collison failed to learn from the experience and appears to us here at ANZMI to be snubbing his nose at the justice system and the veteran community. Now we at ANZMI cannot claim to have exposed Collison, and the good work of the NSW Police must be acknowledged. However, as we know
when you scratch a sore you find much more to the story.
 
 
Here is the peacock in full plumage. The fact is, the only medal he is entitled to wear is the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). That is it, nothing more. It will be noted that in this photograph he is also wearing the Returned form Active Service badge (RASB) and the Army Combat Badge (ACB) for which he has no entitlement either.Collison’s actual service was somewhat less distinguished than he would have us believe. He served for 12 months or so in the Army Reserves before joining the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Cook. His service was average, nothing spectacular and after apparently suffering a knee injury, he was discharged in 2011.
 
 
Many in the ex-service community would be aware that Ben Collison was convicted for wearing medals he had not earned.
 
 




 
Not letting the truth stand in the way of a good story, Collison regaled himself with self-awarded medals and picked up a diagnosis of PTSD for good measure. He then ingratiated himself into the veteran community and even secured himself a job in the office of a local politician as some sort of advisor on veteran’s matters, attending functions and representing himself as a decorated returned veteran. Indeed, he even managed to be mentioned in a speech to the Queensland Parliament by his then boss, Michael Pucci, the Member for Logan. A full version of the speech is available on the web, but the relevant parts of that speech bellow:
 
 
 
 
 
In his Defence for his actions, Collison continues with the ruse of Defence Force related PTSD with the Court records noting:“He stated when he met the group he felt uncomfortable in telling the group his PSTD was not from overseas combat and did not correct people when asked,” the Facts read.

Is there anything worse than wearing medals you are not entitled to? In the case of Ben Collison, the answer is yes. He has claimed to be suffering from PTSD a condition which many genuine veterans suffer in silence. This conditions impacts on their wellbeing, family life and indeed their lives. It is not a condition to be treated with the contempt that Collison has displayed to genuine incapacitated veterans.He had the audacity to use his so called PTSD as a means to justify his actions to the Court.“The court heard he had joined the Army Reserve in 2005 before joining the air force in August 2007 where he served as a cook. He suffered a knee injury and was eventually discharged in October 2011 for physical and mental health reasons but never served overseas”

Note that Court Records indicate he was discharged for physical and mental health reasons, but it is important not to confuse ‘mental health reasons’ with PTSD. There are many forms of mental illness and to simply play the PTSD card is disgraceful, offensive and a plain and simple lie to the Court.How can we at ANZMI form the view that Collison was lying to the Court? Well with his own words he has hung himself. The following comment was found on his Facebook page, posted well after the Court case had been completed and he was relishing in the mediocre sentence he was awarded:
 
 
Now, if that comment wasn’t enough to demonstrate what sort of low life flea we are really dealing with here, we will let him again, in his own words show how contrite he is at wearing medals he is not entitled to and impersonating a genuine veteran:
 
 
 
 
Finally, his Facebook comment about his conviction and the circumstances surrounding his arrest:
 
 
 
 
And this final comment which just about sums this scumbag up. Please note his comment about PTSD:
 
 
 
Ben Collison’s mediocre effort at making light of his situation on his Facebook page simply reinforces the fact that mental illness, but not PTSD may well be an issue for him. Despite that, his contemptible behaviour before and after his arrest and conviction tell us a lot about this individual.It is in the best interests of Ex-Service Organisations to keep a close eye out for Ben Collison, he has shown no remorse for his actions and will no doubt re-offend. He is a contemptible nobody who has disgraced himself and simply belittled his genuine service. He has won for himself a permanent place on our website.For those who sometimes wonder why ANZMI does what it does, we suggest you look closely at this case and for those who would disparage our work exposing wannabes such as Ben Collison, ask yourself if you could turn a blind eye to his actions, particularly if you claim to support genuine Veterans and the genuine suffers of PTSD? 
Surname: Grundy
Christian Names: Trent Gregory
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Lavington
Service #: 844197
Service: Army
Branch: RAAC
Commencement of service: Jun 03
Completion of service: Feb 06
Case Notes:

 

 

So here we have Trent Gregory Grundy, the universal soldier extraordinaire. Nine overseas tours with the Australian Army to East Timor, Iraq, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. Some, while he was a member of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, others with our old favourite - 'Special Forces'. And to add to his obvious multiple military skills, he also claims to have been an armourer!

During one of his tours of Afghanistan Grundy apparently killed a 3 year old local girl. This and his extensive operational experience has left him with PTSD. Of the 12 men in his 'unit', he is the only one left alive, the others having committed suicide. Trent seems to have loved his army service and was only discharged as he could no longer continue because of injuries he sustained in an IED explosion, presumably in Afghanistan. But as well as being a trained and experienced killer, Trent balances things out by claiming to have been sent to Phuket, Thailand, following the tsunami of 26 December 2004.

You would think that given Grundy's military credentials he would be weighed down with medals on his left breast. But alas, there are none! Trent tells anyone who will listen that this is because he was never on any deployment for the 30 days needed to satisfy eligibility for awards.

Quite a story and we are puzzled as to why TV and movie producers are not beating a path to Trent Grundy's door to sign him up for the next blockbuster movie or Logie winning mini-series. But that would be a difficult thing to accomplish as at the time this exposure was prepared, Trent Gregory Grundy was cooling his heels in a NSW correctional facility. Which seems to have been a big fall from grace for super-trooper Grundy, the man of the moment when it comes to the crunch.

So how did Trent find himself a guest of the NSW Government instead of walking the red carpet? Well, apparently back in January 2016, a very cider-fortified Grundy, decided to send 32 texts in 34 minutes (that's got to be some sort of record?) to his ex-partner and the new man in her life. And apparently instead of these messages wishing both people the compliments of the festive season, the language used was just a bit more picturesque and sinister. Grundy not only threatened the former partner and her new man but also this gent's daughter! Trent, that doesn't really sound like 'warrior' behaviour to us!

As you would assume, the police paid Trent a visit and he soon found himself standing before a magistrate on charges relating to the 32 menacing text messages he had sent. Oh, evidence was also given to the Albury Local Court that Grundy had been additionally charged with breaching Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) against his former partner 4 times since 2012. Seems our friend just didn't get the message that it was over!

When Grundy appeared in the Albury Local Court on 11 January 2016, where the charges were briefly mentioned, his tales of military daring-do were provided to the court. We are not sure if the magistrate was impressed enough by this but bail was refused and he was eventually sentenced to prison in February 2016.

But I suppose when we look at Trent Grundy's exemplary service to his country's military we could all rightly think that this the poor bloke has been hard done by. Killing children, mates committing suicide, dealing with tsunami victims, blown up by an IED and finally crashing to the devastating PTSD. Give him a break!

By now, dear readers, you have probably guessed what comes next. Yes, the stories Grundy has told to many people, including a magistrate in a court of law, are just figments of his overly active imagination.

Trent Gregory Grundy, Australian Army ID number 8442197 joined up in June 2003. Following initial and corps training he found himself a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC), a vital component of the army but not a fighting arm and certainly not any kind of 'special force'. Trent seems to have languished in the RAAOC until February 2006, when the army decided he would no longer be retained as it was 'not in the service's interests'. In other words, Grundy was kicked out of the Australian Army. He was not even eligible to receive the Australian Defence Medal, awarded for satisfactorily completing the term of enlistment.

The stories in themselves, might seem ridiculous, humorous and frustrating but within the context they were used in court, there is an element of possible illegality. In recent years here at ANZMI we have seen a growing number of persons appearing before courts on criminal charges, offering up stories of exemplary military service, usually to be taken into consideration in sentencing or the granting of bail. While it is not our job to tell the courts, prosecutors and defence lawyers how to do their job, it seems to us that evidence of this kind needs to be examined and tested before being accepted.

 

Surname: Martin L.
Christian Names: Lewis
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Endeavour Hills
Service #: 3171677
Service: Army - CMF
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 30 May 1961
Completion of service: 11 Dec 1964
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Lewis Martin has broken the code and betrayed all ex servicemen who have gone before him.  He has deliberately and for his own vanity worn a rack of false medals including  the prestigious Imperial Military Medal (MM) which is awarded for "Bravery in the Field".

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Martin is wearing the following medals.

Military Medal

Australian Active Service Medal

General Service Medal 1962 (Borneo)

Vietnam Medal

Queens Silver Jubilee Medal

National Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

He has no entitlement to any of them.

During 2015 Martin tried to launch himself into the Veteran fraternity with a request to join a Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) Facebook group.

Borneo and Vietnam may have been more than 45 years ago but for those involved, it is  as if it were yesterday, and if you were in the RAAMC and had been awarded an MM you would be well known.

After lots of head scratching  and checking, the RAAMC Facebook people correctly suspected that Martin could be a fraud and a wannabe and passed a request to us for investigation.

We discovered that Martin served in the Australian Citizens Military Forces (CMF) as a Private Soldier from 30 May 1961 to 11 Dec 1964.  His unit was 2nd Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment (2RVR) and he spent all of his time in Victoria, Australia.

Here is his Record of Service Card.

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We contacted Martin as follows:

"Our organisation is involved with research for Australian and New Zealand Defence Force Veterans.

It has been brought to our notice that you wear seven Defence Medals indicating being awarded the prestigious Military Medal (MM) for bravery, as well as (among others) Campaign medals for Borneo and Vietnam.

As we are unable to locate any reference to your military service involving overseas deployments we thought it best to ask you direct.  We have no notions one way or the other and would be very happy to receive your advice regarding this matter.

We will require an answer by email to the above address by the 20 December 2015.

 

Should you choose not to respond we will proceed without your input."

At least Martin showed good sense in confessing to his deception. We received the following email from him:

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Martin gave no reason for his fraud and deception.  We do know that at his place of employment at the time the photograph was taken,  he was thought to be a Returned Soldier.

Stealing the honour of genuine veterans is a loathsome act.

 In this age of communication technology together with the awareness of genuine veterans and the abilities of ANZMI, all who "try it on" will be detected and exposed on this website.

Once installed you will stay here well beyond your use by date. 

Surname: Carr
Christian Names: Lee Thomas
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Wollongong
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: RAInf
Commencement of service: 11 Oct 1986
Completion of service: Nov 1986
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Lee Thomas Carr was born on the 5th September, 1966. He is a partner in a business formally registered as Downtown Gym at Wollongong, south of Sydney in NSW. Carr is a boxing trainer who "tossed in the towel" on his own military career after one weekend in the "bush".

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The above photograph is Carr posing for the camera at his Wollongong gymnasium.

Lee Carr runs a Facebook page in connection with his gymnasium to promote himself and his business.

No problems with that. It makes good business sense.

However, it is what Carr places on his Facebook page that has created the interest of ANZMI.

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In the above Facebook photograph posted in 2014, Carr has claimed that the photograph is of him when he was a member of the 3 Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) Commando Unit.

It is in fact a staged photograph of Carr about six weeks after he joined the part time Australian Army Reserves, formerly the Citizens Military Forces on the 11 October, 1986.

On the weekend of 28th - 30th November, 1986, shortly after joining the Army Reserves in October that year, Carr was sent to Nowra on the south coast of NSW for an escape and evasion course. This was part of his initial normal Reserve training. We have been reliably informed by his former “team mates”, that this is the only time he ever spent in the “bush”.

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Carr is a lilly gilder, and a liar. The above Facebook post states that he “misses his old team.” He uses these false inferences and innuendos to convince his “loyal gym followers”, mainly females, that he is a legitimate former commando.

Carr in fact had a very uneventful period in the part time Army Reserve. Following his subsequent disinterest in army life, he failed to even complete basic mandatory Recruit training at Ingleburn, NSW.

As a consequence, he and the Australian Army parted company. His services were no longer required. His "bush" experience must have been too stressful for him and he tossed in the towel after six weeks, or in his case, a couple of weekends and a handful of  Tuesday night Parades.

Carr was never a member of the Australian Regular Army. He did not attend basic training at 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Kapooka, NSW. He did not attend Infantry Corps training at Singleton, NSW, and he certainly did not attend any commando parachute courses at Williamtown or anywhere else in Australia to become a qualified Commando.

He was never a member of 3 RAR Infantry Battalion. The 3 RAR Association have never heard of him.

In any case, there never was a 3 RAR Commando Unit as Carr claims.

In fact, his service records indicate that he would never have made the grade to be a regular full time soldier, let alone a qualified Commando.

We tried contacting Mr Lee Carr on the telephone number supplied for Downtown Gym, 50 Crown street, Wollongong.  This number has been disconnected.

We also tried contacting Carr on his mobile telephone for a considerable period to ask him about his Commando days in the Australian Regular Army.  This was also unsuccessful.

Carr is just another contemptible wannabee and liar, who uses his very brief part time Reserve service to promote himself and his gymnasium business to others by continual lies and innuendos.

For all his bravado, he is a just a fraud who could not hack military life but uses it to increase his status and regular income.

Carr, remove your lies about your military service from your Facebook profile and accept the fact that you are just a failed soldier.

Also have the intestinal fortitude to inform all your gymnasium clients that you are just a false pretender and that you lied to them about your Commando claims.

We look forward to providing an update of this imposters claims in the near future.

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