Man charged after allegedly faking medals to lure business
A 52-year-old man from Brisbane has been charged for allegedly lying about receiving top national medals to win over more business.
Police allege the Greenslopes man faked service and academic awards while doing business between January and April this year.
Along with fake academic credentials, police will allege the man falsely claimed to be the recipient of top service awards including the Medal of the Order of Australia and Officer of the Order Australia Officer.
It will also be alleged the man used these fake awards and credentials to go to events and attempt to organise meetings for his artwork business.
Replica items including lapel pins and medallions were allegedly found by police following a search of his home on April 30.
He was charged with nine counts of fraud and one count of improper use of service decorations.
Senior Sergeant Robert Lapresle said members of the public should be able to have trust and confidence when working with individuals or businesses.
"The service and merit awards allegedly used in these matters hold significant value to all Australians, and it is important the integrity and merit of these accomplishments are upheld."
The man will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 18.
Originally published as Man charged after allegedly faking medals to lure business