Hepi

Date of Entry: .
Surname: Hepi
Christian Names: Adrian Leon
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Dubbo
Case Notes:

 

If you believe Adrian Leon Hepi’s published Linked In educational qualifications, and his claimed military history, then you would think that this gentleman is highly qualified in his chosen field as a Professor and a Clinical Nurse, with exceptional Defence Force Paramedic experience.

To put it bluntly though, Adrian Leon Hepi is a fraud. He is a Medal Cheat, a Valour Thief and a Military Imposter. He lacks credibility.
He has ingratiated himself in the Returned and Services League veteran community and the civilian medical field by fraudulently claiming New Zealand and Australian military service that is untrue.

ANZMI has no qualms in exposing Hepi as a fraud.

Below are photographs of Hepi taken from his Facebook Page.



In the above photograph Hepi is wearing the following medals (from left to right) -;

1 National Emergency Medal – Not entitled.
The National Emergency Medal is an award of the Australian honours system given for sustained service during a nationally significant emergency; or to other persons who rendered significant service in response to such emergencies. The medal was established by Queen Elizabeth II in October 2011.Australia National Emergency Medal. Hepi is not listed on Governor General’s It’s an Honour site.

2 Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal – Not entitled.
The Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal was introduced following the Review of Australian Honours and Awards, which reported in late 1995. The Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal was established on 16 April 1999 by Letters Patent to recognise humanitarian service provided in response to civil unrest overseas. Hepi is not listed on Governor General’s It’s an Honour site..

3. Australian Defence Medal - Entitled.

4. New Zealand Defence Force Service Medal clasp Territorial - Not entitled.
Territorial
For a minimum of three years efficient service in the Territorial Forces of the NZDF or (before 1990) the New Zealand armed forces commencing on or after 3 September 1945

5. Timor Leste Solidarity Medal – Not entitled..
The Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal (Portuguese: Medalha Solidariedade de Timor-Leste) is a state decoration of East Timor awarded to international security forces for their contribution to stability and peace operations in East Timor during the INTERFET operation, and following the 2006 East Timorese crisis.

6. Multinational Force Observers Medal. Sinai – Not entitled.
Australian Defence Force members working under Operation MAZURKA assist the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai, Egypt. The MFO awards system recognises service with the MFO, including special recognition of outstanding acts or performance, by military and civilian members of the MFO. The medal is awarded for six months (minimum 170 days) of honourable duty with the MFO.

Hepi was reported to ANZMI by former colleagues who are disappointed that he would claim and wear military medals that he has not earned to increase his status in the veteran community and the medical profession.

Below is the (part) curriculum vitai (c.v.)that Hepi has placed on his Linked In account to gain employment positions. Hepi has not just embellished his past employment, he has also fraudulently invented it. (Spelling and grammar errors have not been corrected by ANZMI).

Paramedic
NZ Army

1979 – Apr 1980 1 year
Canterbury & West Coast, New Zealand
Medical & support Platoon Royal Canterbury Regiment Licolin University Christchurch

Honors & Awards
• National Emergency Medal (NEM)

honor date Jul 2014 honor issuer Governer General's Office National Australian Awards
honor description For Sustained Volunteer Service and helping others Cyclone Yasi & Queensland Floods 2011

• • Humanartarian Medal
honor date Oct 2013 honor issuer Australian Government
honor description For volunteer Disaster Management Christvhurch Earthquake

• • Australian Defence Medal
honor date Apr 2007 honor issuer ADF Defence National Awards
honor description ADF Service

New Zealand Defence medal
honor date Nov 1980 honor issuer NZ Army Territorial Service
honor description NZTF


ANZMI has been in contact with former colleagues of Hepi, who confirm that Hepi was never a member of the New Zealand Army Territorials, (part time) or the New Zealand Regular Army. They have also informed ANZMI that the Medical & Support Platoon, Royal Canterbury Regiment, Lincoln University Christchurch, did not have Paramedics as Hepi claims. His claim of -;
Paramedic
NZ Army
1979 – Apr 1980 1 year
Canterbury & West Coast, New Zealand Medical & support Platoon Royal Canterbury Regiment Licolin (sic) University Christchurch

is false.

Even if his NZ Army claim was true, he would not be entitled to wear the NZ Defence Service Medal. That entitlement stipulates a three year service period. Hepi, by his own admission served only one year. (1979 – April 1980 1 year) The truth is though, he never served at all. Not one day.

Inquiries have been made at the Australian Governor Generals Office, Its an Honour, in respect to his claimed awards of the National Emergency Medal and the Humanitarian Overseas Medal. Hepi’s name does not appear as a recipient for either award. In fact he refers to the Humanitarian Overseas Medal as the "Humanartarian Medal." Not a good look if you have in fact been awarded the medal, and you are allegedly a Professor.

Hepi claims the Timor-Leste Solidarity medal. This medal was proclaimed to recognise those men and women who provided service in stability and peace operations in Timor-Leste from 1 May 2006.

According to Hepi’s c.v.,he discharged from the Australian Army in 1994, 12 years before the medal was proclaimed and issued. See below.

• HEPI. Adrian Leon.

• Para Medic
Australian Army
Feb 1986 – Jun 1994 8 years 5 months

Townsville, Australia
Trained as Riflemen 031 / Patrol Medic 036 / Driver 109
31 RQR
9FD AMB
1 Training Group Wacol
11 Training Group Townsville
1RAR RAP
3/4 CAV RAP

The last medal Hepi is claiming is the Multinational Force Observers medal for service in the Sinai. He has also purchased this medal and had it court mounted.

Nowhere above does Hepi refer to service in East Timor or the Sinai, whilst a member of the Australian Army.

In the below photograph, Hepi is wearing a replica medal rack on his right side, denoting that the medals had been awarded to a deceased direct descendant. (Father or Grandfather)


Hepi2jpg.jpg

 



Inquiries have also been made to this entitlement and reveal that the medals were in fact awarded to Captain William Poata, aka Porter, who distinguished himself in World War 2. William was awarded the Military Cross for heroism on the 24 February, 1942 in Crete, and the Bar to the Military Cross for heroism on the 3 November, 1942 in Egypt.

It has been established that Adrian Leon Hepi is not a direct descendant of Captain William Poata aka Porter. Hepi has purchased the replica medals, had them court mounted to portray an image that he has an entitlement to wear them. He has no entitlement.

Hepi’s Facebook page, before it was removed, also included a photograph of the below medals and medal case. He is indicating here that he has some family affiliation with the medal awardee. He has absolutely no connection whatsoever.


The medals were awarded to the distinguished Captain Harding Waipuke Leaf (Maori Pioneer Battalion for service in World War 1 and World War 2., and include the Military Cross for heroism.

Hepi was sent two emails informing him that some former close colleagues, had informed ANZMI that he was a Medal Cheat, a Valour Thief and a Military Imposter. In fairness, he was requested to provide proof of his claimed military medals, also the National Emergency Medal and the Humanitarian Overseas Medal. He was also requested to provide proof of his claimed status of Professor.

He chose not to respond on both occasions, however, immediately removed his Facebook page containing all the bemedalled photographs.

Hepi has been observed on numerous occasions at various locations throughout Australia wearing the medal racks on Anzac Days and other remembrance days.

Perhaps Hepi can now add this article to his curriculum vitai for future reference and employment prospects.

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