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Surname: MAY
Christian Names: Scott
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Toowoomba
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Australian Armoured Corps
Commencement of service: 2004
Completion of service: 2009
Case Notes:


Scott May was the co-founder of the Young Veterans Association, and is now the President of the Toowoomba Qld, Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch. If you choose to be a high profile Defence Veteran, you need to be scrupulously honest about your military service, and do not aid and abet the dishonesty of others. Below is a photograph of Scott May who has been dishonest in his words and his actions.


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In a recent case, a friend of Scott May, Mr Troy Norris of Woodgate Qld, was exposed as a medals cheat, and for falsely claiming to have served as a Clearance Diver in Afghanistan See here:

Although Norris is not a member of the Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch, his friend the President, Mr Scott May defended Norris with the full resources of the Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch, which included a tirade on the Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch Facebook account, denigrating ANZMI, and advising all readers that he and the Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch, were fully supportive of Norris, and all Norris had said and done were the absolute truth.


In a separate issue, Scott May has exposed himself as a liar, for claiming to have run through the dust of a mortar barrage near the Australian Embassy in Baghdad on the 10 July 2007, and given aid to a mortally wounded American Nurse. Her name was Captain Maria Ortiz. Here is what he said inter alia to a reporter from the Dandenong Star Journal newspaper on 8 Dec 2014



Despite his claims, in fact he never left his ASLAV following the nearby mortar attack, to give succour to mortally wounded Captain Maria Ortiz on the 10 Jul 2007, that is a lie, unworthy of an Australian soldier.

On 6th January 2019 he wrote this memorial to the nurse Maria Ortiz:



In fact, May did not comfort the mortally wounded nurse on the 10 July 2007. She was attended by a US Air Force Staff Sergeant who said the following in a memorial in 2008 inter alia:

"I remember this day exactly one year ago today, I was the SSgt who found you and was by your side when you left your friends and family. I didn't know you were a nurse or even what you did except that you were a US soldier and I was an Air Force SSgt. When I came running up to where you were. I went through all the training the military put me through and thought I did it all trying to help you, but when I saw the injuries I had to get you to the people who could help you better than me. This day will always be in my life as you will too".

Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxx TSgt USAF 10 Jul 2008
xxxxx WA USA

The US Sergeant was contacted in September 2021, and he says there were no Australian soldiers administering comfort to Capt Maria Ortiz at any time during or after the attack.


Scott May served with the Security Detachment Iraq (SECDET 11 Iraq) it was the final component of Australia's contribution to coalition operations in Iraq. SECDET 11 was based on an Australian Army combined arms combat team consisting of an infantry company group, and a troop of cavalry which operated the Australian Light Armoured (ASLAV) vehicles. The force's duties included static security guarding at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, and the protection of Australian diplomats by the 1st MP Bn (CPPT) and Cavalry (RAAC) escort/protection, also vehicle convoys. SECDET was withdrawn in August 2011
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A former member who served with SECDET 11 at the Australian Embassy on the 10 July 2007, was contacted and made the following corroborative comments:


During our research into the liar and valour thief Scott May (President of Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch), he has used his many skills to defend, deflect, delay and derail our efforts to find the truth. When he felt these efforts were not achieving the result he desired, he went on the attack.

He sent the following email to us recently, and we noticed from his sign-off that he wanted it known he was empowered to write as the President of his RSL Sub Branch:

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We ignored his threats so he "upped the ante" with a series of goading messages:

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When we ignored these shallow and pathetic posts, this caused him to send the following:

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May's next email, again signed off as the President of the Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch, goads us to complete our investigations and report the results as the case you are reading now. The most recent email asks for pre-warning when we intend to publish his case. Interestingly May, with absolutely no evidence from ANZMI, has already deduced the results of our investigations and claims he will be discrediting these results. The only way May will know the results of our investigations is if he's lived with these lies all these years.

May says:

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Here is another recent email between May and a researcher in which he infers that his rebuttal , will be sufficient to prove that he is not a liar. It is true that he has oratory skills filled with glib jargon. (As noted in the Troy Norris case) For twenty five years ANZMI has printed the truth about people of May's ilk and we leave it to veterans of Australia and New Zealand to decide whether he is a man of honour, or just a big mouth, big noting blowhard, without honour or integrity

"Scott May
11:49 AM (1 hour ago)
Hey Xxxxx

(I’ll keep using that name to keep your secret identity on the low down)

Given you are such a champion for the veterans of Australia a man of conviction that also keeps his word I was wondering if you would be able to oblige me in providing me with the date in which you intend to publish the article about me.

The reason I ask is to simply expediate the public humiliation you and ANZMI will be the subject of when I take my next steps forward in discrediting your allegations that you have made against me. I understand there is overwhelming evidence that supports your case however I am very confident that I will be able to rebut any and all allegations made by your page.

Please, be a man and not a mouse, publish the article.

Kind Regards,

Scott May, President
Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch"


May has told lies about his actions during, and following a mortar barrage in Baghdad on the 10 Jul 2007. He has vigorously defended Troy Norris's deception, and advised many that Norris was supported by a legal team from the Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch. Yet when other executives of the Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch were approached, they stated that Norris was not a member of the Toowoomba RSL Sub Branch and was not being represented by them.

May is a man of many words (as noted in the Norris report). Most of what is heard from him is double talk, subterfuge and nonsense. He has told lies and has defended Norris against irrefutable facts.

Scott May is not a fit and proper person to be the President of an RSL Sub Branch. May should stand down from his current Sub Branch position or be sacked. He has no integrity.

Christian Names: Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Forrestville
Case Notes:


A report was received detailing that Neil MacAulay aged 65 years had served as a Colonel on Black Operations.



MacAulay was contacted by phone and asked if he had ever served with Australian Defence Force. His answer was no, "but he served for nine years, in the school of hard knocks, overseas, on "Black Operations", under a United Nations banner, rescuing stolen children from militant gangs in Asia". Because of the nature of his work there were no historical records kept.

He said "there was not trace of his service, because he had changed his name, and he was the only survivor of the 163 men he served with".

To do this work, "he went overseas without a passport and received no pay".

When It was suggested to MacAulay, that he was telling lies, he vigorously denied he was lying.

We don't know where he was for the missing nine years "overseas" without pay or a passport. Perhaps he was serving Her Majesty in a different type of government establishment, where no pay was given, and a passport to enter was not required.

The jury in this matter is the Australian and New Zealand veteran communities. Please think about MacAulay's service and decide whether or not he is a liar and honour thief.

Christian Names: Terrence
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Cairns
Service #: Nil
Service: Merchant Navy
Case Notes:


Terrence Spurrier is the North Queensland (NQ) Commodore of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard.


Before moving to Australia, Spurrier served with the United Kingdom (UK) Merchant Navy:


As a UK citizen, he had no UK Defence service, and has had no Australian Defence service.

As shown in the above photograph Spurrier wears four medal ribbons and one badge on his left breast, which is no place for self purchased "Tin" UK commemorative medals.

The general public, and members from the NQ Coast Coast Guard would be puzzled by the ribbons and badge, and knowing he is from the UK, would assume that he has been presented with official UK medals and the badge.. That assumption is correct, except that the medals and badge have been purchased and presented, to himself by himself.

He wears:

UK Commemorative Maritime medal. Worn in both first and fourth place.
The Queen's Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal 2002.
The Commemoraive General Service Cross.
UK Commemorative Maritime medal. Also worn in first place.



Armed Forces Veteran Badge.


Eligibility to be presented the badge. You can apply for it, from UK Government, if you served with any of these UK Forces:

Royal Navy
Royal Marines
Royal Air Force (RAF)

Spurrier served in none of those

Spurrier was contacted and asked about the medal ribbons and badge, and here are the reasons given by Spurrier.

"Dear Mr xxxxxx

In these days of scams and spam emails, I had decided to ignore your first email due to grammar issues, formality in which you addressed me and if your were truly an interested researcher you would have addressed the association, I am connect with by its full title and given it the due respect it deserves.

That being said your second email shows that you have done some research, but failed to recognise my Grandfathers WWII medals , but you did recognise the veterans badge I wear to honour my Father who served in the Korean war.

With regards to the ribbons I wore on Remembrance day, let me provide you with two possible reasons for you to decide:-

1. In my younger days I did work for the MOD and US DOD that was listed as National Security and as such I got no recognition for. So maybe as years have passed I have purchased the ribbons as a self gratification of the work I did for the Government.?
2. Together with other members of our association we purchase the ribbons so that the other 3 services wouldn’t look down on us as the poor cousin at Remembrance services?
I will leave it at that and do not expect a response as your email address is now blocked and been listed on our Governments cyber security organisation group.


Note that Spurrier says. "Together with other members of the Association we purchase the ribbons so other 3 services wouldn't look down on us"

ANZMI has a copy of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Dress Manual, and apart from an error in allowing the Year of the Volunteer medal to be worn on the left breast, (that medal is not approved by the Australian Governor General) it complies with National Rules and protocols for the wearing of medals. There is no mention of allowing the wearing of self purchased UK Commemorative Medals on the left breast.

It is difficult to believe that the most senior Coast Guard Officer in Far North Queensland would make such a self pitying statement. It is also suggested that "the other members of the Association, who also purchased commemorative ribbons" get them off, before their very prestigious organisation becomes a laughing stock, and his medal cheating associates appear on the ANZMI site.

Spurrier lacks integrity and honour. His explanation is imbecilic. He has thumbed his nose at long standing Australia Governor General's Medal wearing protocols. He may get away with wearing worthless tin medals in the United Kingdom, but in Australia and New Zealand, he will be thought of by the Veteran Community as a fraud.

Spurrier should stand down from his current position or be sacked. He brings discredit upon himself and the Volunteer Coast Guard.

Have no doubt that the Australian Coast Guard is an organization that saves lives in difficult circumstances, and it would be a pity if Commodores like Spurrier bring it into disrepute.

Surname: CARROLL
Christian Names: Ronald John aka "Steve"
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Fern Bay
Service #: 35999
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers
Case Notes:


Ronald John Carroll is better known by his nickname "Steve" he was a stalwart warrior who has erred by wearing a tin medal on his left breast, with his genuine medals, . He served in Australia, Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. For that service he wears eleven medals. He should wear only ten.



He wears:
Australian Active Service Medals (AASM)
General Service Medal 1918 (GSM)
General Service Medal 1962 (GSM)
Vietnam Medal (VM)
Australian Service Medal 1945 - 1975 (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
National Medal (NM)
Tin Vietnam Medal aka Launcestion Medal (UNAUTHORISED TIN)
Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal (PJM)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM)



The fourth medal in the second row is the tin Vietnam Medal, also known as the Launcestion Medal it was launched by a Tasmanian Vietnam Veterans Association at a conference in Launceston in 1996.





It is a shame that Carroll decided to attach the Launceston medal to his rack, and as we proceed without fear or favour, Carroll is declared a medals cheat.

Surname: HEPBURN
Christian Names: William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Winkleigh
Service #: 63230
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 1978
Completion of service: 1979
Case Notes:


William Hepburn was born in 1958, and according to him, joined the Australian Regular Army in 1978, where, he, served for twelve months in Australia and in Rhodesia. In Rhodesia he went on special missions and the other soldiers with him were killed, and he is the only survivor. He is being treated for severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of his special missions.



Hepburn claims that after completing training at Recruit Training Battalion Kapooka, and Infantry Training Centre Singleton, he was posted to 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR).

In 1978, as a member of 6 RAR, Hepburn and five other Private soldiers were deployed to Rhodesia, for special operations and to train "local soldiers". They were seconded to the British Army, and from there were further seconded to the Rhodesian Army

The six traveled to Rhodesia by C130 Hercules aircraft, and on arrival were dispatched to a remote camp, where they lived in "hutchie" tents and remained for six weeks. During the six weeks, groups of "local soldiers" carrying an assortment of weapons would arrive for training and then randomly disappear as others arrived. As previously stated his five fellow soldiers were killed in action during this time.

A researcher spoke to Hepburn on four occasions, on the first three occasions Hepburn spun some graphic yarns about his twelve months in the Australian Army, which included being deployed to Rhodesia on a special mission in 1978. During the fourth discussion, the researcher suggested to Hepburn, that he was a liar. After much humming and hawing, Hepburn, said he was sure he had done the service, but may be "mixed up". He followed up with the email shown below:

" Good morning xxxxxxxx,
in regards to our recent phone conversation ,firstly thank you for your time and for being so straight forward with me, i am struggling to come to terms with this. i have lived with the belief that this actually happened for all of these years and now that you have given me the facts that it didnt i am totally confused.
it has never been my intention to falsely claim anything in regards to benefits or recognition, i dont know what to say . i am both ashamed and confused .
Xxxxx please accept my humblest apologies ,i dont have the words to say how i am feeling or even comprehend any of this .
if it is ok with you i would like to keep in touch from time to time .


Hepburn says he is very sorry, but as is often the case with wannabes, and liars, he is only sorry, that he has been caught out after many years of basking in the kudos, of his false heroic military adventures in Rhodesia

It is of interest that 152 Australian Army Officers and Non Commissioned Officers, including some from 6RAR, were involved in the Peacekeeping Operation "Agila", in Rhodesia, but it was in December 1979.

"Operation Agila : The Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Rhodesia 1979–1980

In December 1979, the Commonwealth Monitoring Force (CMF) was established by the British Commonwealth, with troops drawn from Australia, Britain, Fiji, Kenya and New Zealand. The operation was codenamed AGILA. The role of the CMF was to keep the peace between the Rhodesian Government's Security Forces and 22,000 Patriotic Front guerrillas during the run-up to the 1980 general elections which would establish the governance of a new independent state. The elections were held in February 1980, with the two major parties being Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union and Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union".

It appears that Hepburn has decided to join the operation a year early, and without doing the hard yards. As would be expected from an inexperienced private soldier with minimal service, his lies are easy to identify.

Hepburn has said he is being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), relating to his Rhodesia service, and he suffers constant nightmares and flashbacks. He is not associated with any Veteran organizations, however, he is being counseled by the Tasmanian State Government sponsored, Veterans and Veterans' Families Counselling Service (VVCS) located in Launceston, Tasmania.

He has basked in the kudos of his false service, and conflict caused PTSD for more than thirty years, he can now experience the infamy of being a caught out liar, and wannabe.

Surname: KARSAI
Christian Names: Stephen Stan
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Ettalong
Service #: 314002
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Military Police
Commencement of service: 04/03/1970
Completion of service: 10/03/1990
Case Notes:


In the 25 years that ANZMI has been in existence, numerous reports have been received regarding individuals who claim fraudulent acts of military service and other notable achievements.

No doubt these false pretenders intend to gain an advantage over others and undeserved respect.

If you live a lie, sooner or later you will be found out.

Stephen Karsai has claimed to be a “Doctor” since at least 2008. Alas, he is a fraud. He is also a military medal cheat and a liar. He claims Australian Military service in Kosovo and East Timor that is fraudulent. His credibility is in question.

His past has now caught up with him and he should hang his head in shame for fooling members of the local Central Coast NSW Business Community and veteran colleagues for many years that he has been awarded a genuine Doctorate (PhD) from a genuine University.

Karsai or Doctor Stephen Karsai as he prefers to be addressed, is a genuine Australian Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a regular soldier who enlisted in the Australian Army in 1970. He was posted to Armoured Corps. (RAAC) as a Trooper, equivalent to a Private Soldier.

On the 2 June 1971, he was deployed to South Vietnam in C Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment. He served in that Theatre for 121 days and returned to Australia on the 30 September 1971.

His service was unremarkable, and he was not evacuated as a Battle Casualty.

On the 10 July 1972, he was posted to the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police. (RACMP) as a Private soldier. He discharged from the RACMP and the Army in 1990. He had attained the rank of Sergeant.

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In the above photographs, Karsai wears the following medals.
1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 (AASM) Clasp Vietnam.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Defence Force Service Medal.
4. Australia Defence Medal (ADM)
5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM.) Not entitled.

He is not entitled to wear the RVCM. He does not meet the criteria.


Karsai served in the former Republic of South Vietnam for 121 days. To qualify for this medal, members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) were required to spend 181 days minimum in country or be evacuated as a wounded battle casualty before the 181 days.

Every former ADF serviceman/woman who served in the former Republic of South Vietnam knows that the qualifying period for the RVCM is 181 days, or sooner if evacuated after sustaining wounds in battle. Karsai was a Sergeant in the Australian Army until 1990 as a Regular soldier, and beyond in Reserves. He well knows the criteria for the qualifying period for this medal. He has disregarded that criterion for his own ego.

The below photograph of Karsai in Australian Military Police uniform was taken just prior to his discharge in 1990. He is not wearing the offending RVCM in this photograph. He knew he was not entitled to it. On discharge he is photographed wearing the medal on civilian clothing.


He is also not qualified to the distinguished title of Doctor. (PhD) His Facebook page reveals that he was awarded a Doctorate from the Belford University in Security and Disaster Management. He has told others that he has been awarded an Honorary PhD degree in “Letters.”   This is also a fabrication.


Karsai was reported to ANZMI by veterans who are current members of the Vietnam Veterans, Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association (VVPPA), who have genuine concerns about his entitlements to the RVCM, his claim of PhD (Doctorate) and his claims of service in Kosovo and East Timor.

He is a former President of the VVPPA Ettalong, NSW, and a Pension Officer. Ettalong is a country town situated on the New South Wales Central Coast, north of Sydney.

He was also a Director of the Ettalong RSL Memorial Club and sat as a Board Member and Director of the Central Coast Private Hospital as Doctor Stephen Karsai. JP.

He sat on the Board of “Active Vets Australia” as Doctor Stephen Karsai.


It is here on his curriculum vitae that he claims to be a Doctor and Australian Defence Force Service in Kosovo and East Timor. These claims are lies.

Karsai was contacted and requested to provide the following information –

1. His entitlement to wear the RVCM when he does not meet the 181-day criteria.
2. His entitlement to claim Defence Force Service in Kosovo and East Timor.
3. Evidence that he is qualified to the status of Doctor. (PhD)

In response, he informed a Researcher that he obtained the RVCM and his Vietnam Medal from a “Q” Store in Vietnam. For our nonmilitary readers, that is a Quartermasters Store that issue blankets, utensils, clothing etc. One thing they do not issue is medals. Strangely, the Australian Government has taken an interest in fulfilling that duty.

From Karsai email, (Spelling and text has not been edited.)“

I know I was deployed in April as I spent my 21bday in country and came home in November/December with two medals issued by Q Store in country If it’s proven to be correct I willIMMEDIATELY REMOVE THE RVCM FROM MY RACK I’ll commence inquiries to day I will also for ward what I have been awarded from Belford Uni

Another mistruth is that he spent his 21st birthday in Vietnam. This may seem insignificant, but this birthday was 30 April 1971. His Vietnam deployment was between June and September 1971. Should remember that one!


Every Vietnam Veteran knows when they were deployed and their medal qualifications.

He stated that he has now communicated with the Australian Department of Defence and was shocked after 50 years that he is not entitled to the RVCM. See below -;

"I will immediately take OFF the campaign medal I must say it has been a shock to me after all these years" (Not edited.)

It should not come as too much of "a shock after all these years" for Karsai. He purchased the RVCM at a Medal Dealer shop or on eBay and had it court mounted with his legitimate medals.

Karsai claims his PhD Doctorate (Security and Disaster Management) was from Belford University.

He could not provide any further information about his PhD including his “Doctoral Thesis” reference. He claimed his Doctorate cost him $20.000.00 dollars. (Email not edited) See below -;

But from the information you have given me and the contact details I have for the uni I believe my so called dr is not worth the paper it’s written on it seems that in the lat ninety and 2000s I have been scammed lost the hrs I put in and out of pocket $20k I have taken steps to inform a number of people

The problem for Karsai is that the non-existent Belford University ceased operating the sham “Pay for a PhD degree” in 2012. From his own admission, Karsai has continued to claim his Belford PhD well after that.
See below -;


Karsai made a post on a UFO website in 2008. That indicates he has been using his bogus PhD claims for at least 13 years that we know of.

Dr.Stephen S Karsai
10/1/2008 9:18:15 PM


Dr. Stephen S Karsai

Karsai’s response regarding his claims to Kosovo and East Timor -;

"Stephen Karsai
I have NEVER CLAIMED THAT I served in Kosovo or East Timor I have always said that I was on Operation Safehaven looking after the Kosovo and Timor refugees."


Since Karsai was recently contacted by a Researcher, he has removed the Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal. He has also removed all traces of his bogus Doctorate from his Facebook page.

Karsai has volunteered his time to assist Veterans for some time. He does not need to embellish his achievements with unearned medals, false claims of service and bogus educational qualifications.

He needs to publicly apologise to all the people he has convinced that he is a “Doctor.” and to all the Vietnam Veteran community for wearing the RVCM and claiming Kosovo and East Timor service when he knew it was false.

We will let out readers make up their own minds about the credibility of "former" Doctor Stephen Stan Karsai.

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