Anzac Day 'imposter' fined and convicted under Defence Act
A GOONDIWINDI man who wore military medals and pretended to be a Special Air Service serviceman has been fined for multiple offences under the Defence Act (1903).
Police executed a search warrant on the 49-year-old man's house in Goondiwindi yesterday, where they seized nine military medals and a Special Air Service beret and badge.
The man, who is said to have no connection to the military, showed up at the Goondiwindi Anzac Day parade wearing military medals.
Police said he was impersonating a returned SAS serviceman.
Goondiwindi officer in charge Senior Sergeant Richard McIntosh said the man was reported to police after the Anzac Day celebration this year.
The man appeared in the Goondiwindi Magistrates Court yesterday.
He was convicted on one count each of falsely representing to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman and improper use of service decorations.
The man received a $1000 fine. Police have not established where the man sourced the medals.