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Surname: INIESTA
Christian Names: Mathew James
Country: Australia
State or Province: .
City or Town: .
Case Notes:

Matthew James INIESTA

Before November 2019 this person used the name Matthew James SARDON.

He is a recidivist liar and wannabe. Please see here:

www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/679-sardon

As can be found in the above reference, his original name was Matthew John SARDON. Who has lived in Perth and Melbourne.

Surname: Sardon
Christian Names: Mathew
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: 01/06/2012
Completion of service: 27/02/2015
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE DECEMBER 2019: Matthew James SARDON

Our forever watchful friends, advise that SARDON has adopted a new name.

He is now Matthew James INIESTA.

SARDON aka INIESTA is a recidivist conman, who uses false military documents for fraudulent monetary and emotional gain.

Any person now checking the name INIESTA will be referred to SARDON, where all that we know of him is listed.

SARDON aka INIESTA has created his own predicament by falsely claiming to have served as a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) corporal and used falsified documents to "prove" his claims.

We hope that SARDON aka INIESTA realizes the hurt he has caused, and ceases to be a fraud and a wannabe. Should he choose to do so, we will be happy to publish his apology.

In the meantime beware of SARDON aka INIESTA.

 

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Matthew James SARDON - UPDATE JULY 2019


Matthew James Sardon is a recidivist liar and wannabe who has moved from Western Australia to now reside Edithvale, Melbourne Victoria.

Sardon still has the guile of a snake and the morals of an ally cat, he strikes wherever he can find a vulnerable target. He then extols his disgraceful lies about his less than auspicious military service as described in our original exposure.

A soldier's record is now referred to as his PMKeys file. Each soldier is allocated a unique PMKeys number that identifies him throughout his career. Sardon has created a false PMKeys military document falsely and unscrupulously reflecting exceptional accomplishments as an elite Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) Corporal.

Here are excerpts from the fake document:

 

 

 

 



Once again we offer a warning, that although Sardon is debonair, handsome and claims to be a war damaged veteran, he is nothing like that. In reality he is a failed soldier, a wannabe, valour thief and medals cheat, whose intentions are dishonest and immoral.

As long as Sardon spreads is vile false persona, we will record his movements and his actions.

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Mathew Sardon enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on the 1 June, 2012. Following initial training, he was posted to 4 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery as an observer

Sardon is a classic military imposter. He is a wannabee, valour thief and medal cheat.

He is also a failed soldier who never deployed outside Australia during his 2 years and 8 months in the ARA. He subsequently transferred to the Australian Army part time Reserves, (ARes), where his services were terminated in June 2016.

Yet, to look at his impressive rack of medals, anyone would naturally conclude that he is/was a highly decorated member of the Australian Defence Force, who has been deployed on dangerous war like service.

In the below photographs, Sardon wears the following medals -;



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1. Australian Active Service Medal with two clasps - Afghanistan and Iraq.
2. Afghanistan Medal
3. Iraq Medal.
4. Australian Defence Medal.
5. NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Medal. Operation Slipper, Afghanistan.

Above his medals he is wearing the -;

6. Australian Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB)
7. The Australian Returned from Active Service Badge. (RASB)

Sardon is not entitled to wear any of the medals or the two badges mentioned above.

He has purchased the entire lot to fraudulently represent himself to others that he is the real deal, a returned veteran with an impressive Australian Defence Force career. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In the below exchange, Sardon infers that he is deployed on warlike service with United States Marines. It seems that this imposter will resort to any means available to maintain a façade to others about his false military service.

 


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We have statements that Sardon did not complete one bush training exercise during his limited regular Army service, due to his unsuitability to Army life.

Not everyone is suited to the harsh realities of Australian Defence Force service, and ANZMI is not critical of Sardon’s inability to carry out his allotted field duties.

However, ANZMI is critical of Sardon’s poor decisions to embellish his service and create a false military history to gain benefits and undeserved recognition, by stealing the valour of others who have “done the hard yards”

Due to his dishonest and illegal behaviour, Mathew Sardon has now gained deserved recognition on this site.

Sardon has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B.
(Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier and improper use of service decorations.).

ANZMI will continue to ferret out these imposters for as long as they offend, and for as long as we have the support of the Australian and New Zealand veteran community and the general public.

Surname: Craine
Christian Names: Trevor R.
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Northam
Service #: 120190
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Case Notes:

 

Tevor is the Vice President of the Northam WA, Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League (RSL). Below he is shown doing his duty on Remembrance Day 11 Nov 2019.



Craine is a Navy Veteran who served on HMAS Sydney during the 1st Gulf War in 1990/1991. Like quite a few other errant matelots, Craine wears one extra medal with his four genuine medals. His fourth medal is the official Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait medal which has been approved for wear by the Governor General of Australia

The offending medal is the fifth one nearest his left shoulder.



Here is the official Honours and Awards policy regarding this medal

Any person smart enough to be an RSL Vice President, must be smart enough to be able to follow the simple rules of medals protocol. Perhaps he feels a little more important when he wears the extra medal. Unfortunately his personal kudos is less than the derision he deserves from the veteran community.

Craine will not be lonely aboard the good ship ANZMI, as he has quite a few Gulf War shipmates aboard, who have also deigned to wear the medal.

Surname: Stewart
Christian Names: Fredrick James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Huskisson
Service #: R109737
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Supply and Secretariat (Steward)
Commencement of service: early 1970's
Completion of service: after 1991
Case Notes:

 

Frederick James Stewart wears eight medals, he is entitled to wear seven.


His first two medals are for service in Vietnam. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Nominal Roll shows Stewart served thirty days in Vietnam, however twenty two of the thirty days were spent sailing from Sydney to Vung Tau. After less than twenty four hours at anchor, he spent eight days sailing from Vung Tau to Hong Kong. He actually spent only twenty hours anchored in Vung Tau Harbour and received two medals. This information can be found on page 117 of this reference: www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1420171

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His last two medals are for service in the First Gulf War during 1990/1991 One is genuine, but the last one The Kuwait Liberation Medal, may be worn on the right breast, as it is not on the Governor Generals approved list, of Foreign Medals. See here: www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awa...n-awards-australians

 

The wearing of this non approved Kuwait medal is becoming prevalent in the ex RAN community, and it is time for the Returned and Services League (RSL), (for example the Huskisson RSL) to counsel those who offend. RAN Associations are also ambivalent towards this breach of protocol, and to protect Veterans covenants and tradition, they must take action to curtail this behaviour.

Veterans' Vessel VV ANZMI, now has a starboard watch of ex RAN veterans who flaunt protocol and tradition by wearing this and other non approved medals.

Serving on AV ANZMI is not a pleasure cruise.
Surname: Johnson
Christian Names: Craig
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: Nil
Service: Never Served
Case Notes:

 

They say that every picture tells a story. Craig Johnson aka Foot, is another motorbike riding military imposter who has walked the walk and talked the talk about his secret army service in Vietnam. Johnson likes motorbikes and wearing Australian military medal ribands that he has not earned. When it comes to Military imposters, this dude takes the cake.



Johnson joined the Brisbane Military Brotherhood Motor Cycle Club (MBMMC) in September, 2017. He indicated that he was not ready to talk about his service in Vietnam or wear his medals, as it was too traumatic, and that he was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD)

In March 2018, Johnson told other Club members that he was now “ready to wear them.” He then commenced wearing the following medal ribands on his motorbike vest as indicated below.




They are -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal riband. Not entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal riband. Not entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal riband. Not entitled.
4. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal riband. Not entitled.




Johnson raised suspicions among other genuine military veterans when he informed them that he had to pay officials to have his military records erased due to his Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) service in the jungles of Vietnam. ANZMI has signed statutory declarations that indicate the following -;

1. He was asked his Army service number on numerous occasions, but stated that this number had been erased by officials so that his service would remain secret.
2. He would tell scary stories about his SASR mates and he would break down due to his PTSD.
3. He implied and let us believe that he was SASR.
4. He told me that an official changed his service number by one digit, so that his service records would never be found. .
5. Following repeated requests for his service number he subsequently left the MBMMC.
6. He wore Vietnam ribbons when we now believe that he was never in the Australian Army.
7. He began to 'drip feed' us stories and from my memory broke down and wept at least twice. A
particular occasion was Anzac Day 2018. He received a lot of sympathy and comfort.




The above document was obtained indicating the concerns of a MBMMC member.

Johnson was contacted by a Researcher and invited to respond to allegations that all his claims of Australian Army service were false.
He stated inter alia, that “he had never been in the Army”, but -:

I agreed to join (the MBMMC) as what they call a Sierra member,NON serving, because I knew things that id learned from a very close retired serviceman & my age they convinced themselves I was more.
From day one I told them all i wanted was to be a Sierra member, i remained in their club almost 2 years & I couldn’t put up with there (sic) crap any longer. So I left, then he followed & immediately started his crap on a larger scale & he kept blaming the illness & heat. Then when it hit the fan he started all this. Im over it.

Johnson was asked if he had worn Australian Defence Force medal/ribands. His response was inter alia that -;

While i was a sierra member of mbmmc i was told by the them (sic) national president if I had ANY reletive (sic) that served in any service I should wear their regalia so i had my fathers ribbons & some patches on my vest, when i resigned from the club I immediately removed them. I did have a vietnam ribbon to represent a cousin who passed away several years ago. I have since disposed of them as they were not original & were very tatty due to weather wear n tear.

Johnson’s version of events is completely at odds with MBMMC members who have provided statutory declarations and photographs in regards to this matter.




Johnson, has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A and 80B, by falsely pretending to be an Australian returned serviceman, and wearing Australian military decorations that he is not entitled to.

We are told that Johnson is a Justice of the Peace for the State of Queensland. Hopefully, when the relevant authorities read this article, that honorable appointment might be rescinded.

Surname: Bettison
Christian Names: Luke Kevin
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: .
Service #: Nil
Service: No Military Service
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

Luke Kevin Bettison is a current member of the New South Wales Police Force and is stationed in Sydney. He has recently been promoted to Sergeant from his former rank of Leading Senior Constable.

Bettison performs duty at NSW Police funerals and at other NSW Police ceremonial occasions as a Protocol Officer when required.

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The above photographs depict Bettison performing the duty of a Protocol Officer at a Police funeral in 2018.

He wears the following medals.

1. Afghanistan Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
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2. Iraq Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
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3. Australian Defence Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
Bettison

 

You will notice that Bettison is not wearing the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with two clasps. Iraq and ICAT (ICAT - International Coalition Against Terror) The AASM is a pre-requisite for the wearing of Australian Active Service campaign medals and ribands. If genuine, Bettison would be wearing the AASM as the first medal on his rack, followed by the three purchased medals he displays. An example of the AASM, with a clasp, appears below.

Bettison


Bettison has claimed that he served in the Royal Australian Navy for 10 years on HMAS Tobruk and was awarded medals for Iraq and Afghanistan deployments.

Inquiries with relative Military Associations concluded that Bettison has never served in the Australia Defence Force, let alone having deployed on active service to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is not entitled to any of the three medals that he wears.

As a Protocol Officer in the NSW Police Force, he sets a very bad example by purchasing unearned medals from the internet or Medal Dealers, and fraudulently wearing them on his Police uniform at ceremonial occasions. He lacks credibility and integrity.

Bettison was contacted on two occasions, and offered an opportunity to explain his wearing of Australian Military Awards on his NSW Police uniform. He declined to respond on both occasions.

Bettison has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Section 80A -;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A
Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;
(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and
(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain.

and 80B -;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B
Improper use of service decorations
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

However, we are aware that the NSW Police Force is reluctant to pursue these matters through the Courts for some reason. Other States take action where appropriate. Bettison’s recruitment application should be checked to ascertain if any other offences have been committed, prior to his acceptance for service in the NSW Police.

Bettison joins other NSW Police Force colleagues on this website, who have also fraudulently worn un-entitled Australian Military Awards on their Police uniforms..

See -;

anzmi.net/Darrin Hooper - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/741
anzmi.net/Darryl Kennedy - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/722-kennedy-1

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