Surname: Reid
Christian Names: Bruce
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Wellington
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Bruce Reid  -  Rooster to feather duster in one fell swoop

Here is the Rooster:



Here is the feather duster



One day the “Lieutenant Colonel’s” portrait was hanging in the Hallowed Halls of his old school, the day next it was on the dump, and he was having “discussions” with Officers from the New Zealand Police in Wellington.

Here is the complete story from the Wellington Sunday News. Notice, that so far, nine women have spoken to the police and Reid has been charged with one offence. We have observers in place to keep us updated.

High school revokes award to soldier-impersonator old boy

Last updated 05:00 03/07/2011

Bruce Reid

Bruce Reid, exposed for impersonating a soldier allegedly in order to obtain financial support, has had his recently presented high school alumnus award revoked.

Several women who met Reid on dating websites have complained to police that he posed as a lieutenant colonel in the Defence Force and promised to marry them if they supported him financially. Many of them fell for his line.

Another victim of his charade was Wellington High School, where he was a pupil in the late 1980s. For his "achievements" in the Defence Force, he was lauded along with 63 other alumni at Wellington High School's 125th reunion earlier this year. His picture was hung on a wall near the entrance of the school beside genuine high achievers such as dancer Sir John Trimmer and artist Len Lye. It has been taken down this week after Reid's actions were uncovered.

Constable Jonathan Westrupp of Mana said that, to date, nine women had contacted police about Reid. They had been interviewed to see if any criminal offences had been committed against them.

Lawyer John Miller said there was nothing in the law to say impersonating a soldier was forbidden. But he said it could be argued Reid obtained money by deception and that was a criminal offence, though it would have to be proven the only reason he was given money was because the victims thought he was a soldier – not that they trusted other aspects of his character.

Reid has pleaded guilty to one charge of obtaining money by deception and will be sentenced later this month.

Wellington High principal Prue Kelly said she should have gone with her gut instinct, which told her Reid was a "dodgy man". She tried to check with the army and Massey University where he said he had a degree but did not get much help.

The reference to this story is:

Fake colonel sorry for deception


Last updated 05:00 20/07/2011

BRUCE REID: Claimed to be an officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and to have received the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

A fake lieutenant colonel says his deception has cost him dearly.

Bruce Reid, 38, masqueraded as a high-ranking decorated army officer – a far cry from his life as a beneficiary in Porirua.

Police are investigating complaints from nine women who met Reid on dating websites and fell for his promise of marrying them if they supported him financially.

Though there was nothing in the law to say impersonating a soldier was forbidden, police were interviewing the women to see if he had committed a criminal offence.

Reid was sentenced yesterday in Porirua District Court for obtaining a property inspection report by deception last March.

Judge John Walker imposed three months' community detention, 100 hours' community work and ordered reparation of $1209, which included debt collection fees.

Reid was also forced to give up several army uniforms, complete with bravery medals and SAS parachute badges.

In an email to the property inspection company, Reid claimed to be a lieutenant colonel who held the post of deputy director of New Zealand special operation force (intelligence).

He also claimed to be an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and to have received the Queen's Gallantry Medal, awarded for exemplary acts of bravery.

He followed up the email by wearing full regalia when paying for the inspection report and when his credit card payment was declined he said the army would pay the $875 bill out of his relocation allowance.

The money never eventuated.

Outside court, Reid would not comment on why he started the ruse but said he had "stopped ages ago" and that the uniforms had been confiscated.

When asked if he was sorry he said: "Of course I am. It's cost me my house ... and all sorts of stuff."

He explained that he tried to shun a Wellington High School alumnus award, which included having his picture hung on a wall at the school beside genuine achievers such as dancer Sir John Trimmer. He was lauded along with 63 other alumni at the school's 125th reunion earlier this year for his "achievements" in the Defence Force.

"I told the principal I didn't want to do that thing and she kept pushing and pushing."

The award was revoked earlier this month.

Reid was discharged from the Territorial Services in December 1995.

Porirua RSA president Roger Kingsford said Reid had made a mockery of the men and

Army spokesman Major John Gordon condemned Reid's behaviour. "It's quite upsetting for people who have these decorations; it really takes away from what they did to achieve these."   Major Gordon said secondhand medals and uniforms were prolific. The Defence Force had no jurisdiction over civilians misusing army uniforms    

Reid is another example of insipid males, pretending to be of the military genre to either fleece money from, or get sympathy from vulnerable women. In other words he is what is now termed as a “Love Rat”

We have a few of them on our web site;

Montgomery  -  Montague Elliot -  Gwilliams -  Blanc -  Boxshall  -  Stoove  -  Bennetts BD

We like to stick to the facts and not give names to wannabes, but if we did give names, we would call this piece of excrement a contemptible cur.

Veterans and ex Servicemen in New Zealand and Australia should be on the lookout for this wannabe “Lieutenant Colonel”.  Our experience shows that they move from place to place repeating their fraud and making the lives of vulnerable women very miserable.


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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