Surname: Laing
Christian Names: Raymond John
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Smithfield
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Raymond John Laing -  Tatooed Special Air Service Trooper and Special Car Salesman.

Raymond John Laing, without his shirt on, looks like a beaten up old warrior, he has a “Kalashnikov bullet wound” just a little North of his heart; a ”bayonet wound to his fullsome belly” and a ”beaten up” left shoulder as a result of being wounded whilst serving with the elite Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Vietnam in 1969 – 1970.

9th Jan 2013




Laing runs a rundown car yard at Smithfield, Fifteen minutes drive north of Cairns Queensland (Qld). Most citizens have negative thoughts about the honesty of Used Car Salesmen. Laing exhibits nothing to dispel that impression and we assume he lies about his Used Cars as heartily as he does about his “War History”.  Since July 12 Laing has told three separate people that he served in Vietnam with the SASR.

The first person to be suspicious about Laing reported the following:

“This fella has a bad injury on his left shoulder (that he claims he got in Vietnam) and a large wound on his stomach (also a Vietnam wound from a bayonet just before he emptied a clip into him) he also has a fresh looking sas tattoo on his right arm. I am guessing he concocted his stories because of his injuries. But feel free to call him and decide for yourself”.

Laing is always willing talk of his “Service” and flash his wounds and his SAS Tattoo. He even allows people to photograph his Tattoo, see below.

We checked the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Vietnam Nominal Roll and found that Laing is not listed.

Laing claimed to have been in Vietnam in 1969 – 1970, we asked various SASR Veterans who served in Vietnam at that time and he was not known.

We checked the very accurate Vietnam Casualty list - - He was not listed.

We sought a Service Record from National Australia Archives (NAA) through the Freedom of Information (FOI) system and received the following reply:

“Thank you for your enquiry regarding Raymond John Laing

Post World War II Army records are held by the Central Army Records Office (CARO), Department of Defence.

They have advised us that they were unable to locate an army record for this individual.

Kind Regards”,


The second person to visit Laing, provided the following Statutory Declaration. Details of the author the Statutory Declaration have been erased.


The third visitor, during a conversation with Laing at his Car Yard, said to Laing that he had heard that Laing was a Veteran. Laing quickly responded that he served in Vietnam with SASR and was severely wounded. He readily agreed to being photographed and seemed pleased to have the SASR Tattoo on his right arm photographed.

If you are thinking of buying a Used Car in the Cairns Qld area and you find yourself at the company shown below, enter and ask Laing to show you his war wound scars and  SASR Tattoo. We don’t know whether he lies about his used cars but you can tell when he is lying because his lips are moving.


There is no record of Raymond John Laing ever serving with the Australian Defence Force, simply put; he is a disgusting liar, fraud and wannabe of the worst kind. He is not exaggerating his Defence Service, because he has none at all. he is an ultimate wannabe riding on the back of genuine Vietnam Veterans, many of whom still suffer from their service.  

In commerce they say that any publicity is good publicity well let’s hope that Raymond John Laing and South East Auto Loans benefits from this publicity, which will stay on our web site long after Lying Laing and his Used Car Yard have disappeared.

9th Jan 2013

Update Raymond John Laing of Smithfield, Cairns Qld

In our exposure of Laing, we included a business sign attached to the fence of his Used Car Yard. See below.



As well as being a military fraud, liar and wannabe, it appears Laing is not afraid to misrepresent his business name.

We have received an email from a business man demanding we remove his sign from our web site.

“To whom it may concern

I was browsing your website and noticed a reference to my company, South East Auto Loans. We are not based in cairns nor have any other offices except our head office in slacks creek,  someone has copied our company name and 2 references from our website and used their own phone number. I am requesting you to remove my company name, South East Auto Loans from your website and also the photograph which contains our name immediately. 

The fraudulent sign gives further evidence of the depth of Laing’s crooked activities. We have no intention of removing the photograph of the sign.  It has been on the fence, in public view for as long as Laing has been conducting business.  We suggest that the real owner of the business shown on the sign, take legal action against Laing to illustrate to him that fraud and crime is bad for business.

Laing is in every way morally bankrupt.

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.

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