He was exposed as an impostor in an article published by
the Sydney Daily Telegraph on the 22nd March 2006 as
Police searched his home they located an assortment of
uniforms, Military ID cards and a number of medals
including the Order of Australia and the Conspicuous
Service Cross as well as a live military issue smoke
grenade. As a result of their investigations he is
facing 21 fraud related charges.
He appeared before the Chief Magistrate at the Downing
Centre Court and has been remanded to appear in court
again in May.
story states he led the RSL Anzac Day Parade at Bronte
in 2005. The group he led
was the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club at Bronte Beach.
this photo above you can see that he is wearing a number of
medals but due to the poor quality of the photograph it
is difficult to identify all the medals.
appear to be the
"Member of the Order of
Australia", "Conspicuous Service Cross", "Australian
Active Service Medal", "Defence Force Service Medal",
the others are harder to identify, but they are mostly
likely the East Timor Medals and the Interfet Medal. He
is also wearing the Infantry Combat Badge.
also wearing the AIRN Badge ( "Army
Individual Readiness Notification") which indicates that
he is classified ready for operational service.
also wearing the green Commando beret with what appears
to be a Staff Officer Badge and on the right arm the SAS
parachute wings which also appear in another photograph.
this photograph is of poor quality to
properly identify all the medals which are indicated by
the ribbons he is wearing.
dress and bearing leaves a lot to be desired of that
expected from an Officer or any serving member of the
ADF. His Service Dress looks shabby and his Sam Browne
belt could do with a bit of work. His long sleeved
polyester shirt is showing which is very untidy.
photograph of him wearing his short sleeved shirt, his
personal presentation is woeful in that the shirt is not
properly pressed with the collars flat and it is ill fitting.
Obviously Nicholson has no pride in the way he presents
himself as a bogus Colonel.
Nicholson has made a mockery of security at Defence
establishments if he could enter and obtain free
tailoring of uniforms and name plates using false
identity cards. If he can do it so can someone else.
climate, it has proved a point that Security must be
taken more seriously not just at Defence establishments
but at all places that are classified as high risk
Nicholson for his own reasons has shown disrespect
to veterans, various organizations and the Australian
Defence Force by carrying out this charade, not to
mention shaming himself, his family and friends.
It is now up to the Justice system to show people like
Nicholson that this sort of behaviour will not be
tolerated to tarnish the good reputation built by our
proud serving and ex-service men and women of the
Australian Defence Forces
If anyone has any further
information on Nicholson and his activities it is your
duty to inform the NSW Police prior to his next court
also notify us at
25 May 2007
Nicholson faced the
Sydney Central Local Court on the 3rd March 2007 and
pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to his 2006
impersonation of an Australian Army Colonel.
Magistrate, Ms Jaye Carney, was scathing in her
description of Nicholson's actions and described how
hurtful his actions had been to the veteran community,
particularly his disgraceful act of leading an Anzac Day
parade in a bogus Army uniform.
Despite her harsh
words, it seems the judicial system has once again
failed veterans by the imposition of a very lenient
sentence on Nicholson, who is one of the more outrageous
wannabes featured on these pages.
Not only did Nicholson
wear false medals and uniforms, he fraudulently obtained
false ID and regularly infiltrated Army bases to obtain
uniforms and equipment. We can only hope that that
service police have plugged the loopholes exposed by
Nicholson's deceptions , and we also wait in hope for
some serious sentencing of wannabes in the future.
Sydney Morning Herald
30th Aug 2009
Be aware that Michael John Nicholson is now
known as Michael Cohen and mickeyacohen.
Nicholson - Cohen as well as changing his name,
our man in Sydney observes that he has
“embraced” the Jewish religion claiming that he
has returned to his roots.
His name change is more likely to have something
to do with the exposure he got for his criminal
offences in relation to impersonating a veteran,
and his religion change and its authenticity is
Nicholson – Cohen resides in the Bondi area of
Sydney NSW and is still up to his old tricks of
fraud and subterfuge.
Don’t be fooled by Nicholson aka Cohen as he is
a tenacious con man who has been convicted for
his fraudulent behaviour.
We are reliably advised that Nicholson - Cohen
is currently known to be active in the Sydney
area weaving misery into peoples lives.
If you have had problems with Nicholson - Cohen,
we would like to know about it at
email@example.com also we seek an up to date
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