veteran help still continues for this hero as even after
exposure it would appear that some veterans still feel
sympathy for him as indicated in his apology letter
Several veterans banded together and bankrolled their "mate" in a printing
business which still operates in metropolitan Melbourne under the blanket of "Vietnam
Veterans working in the community" and the business became fully operational with
"Simmo" as the figurehead. Numerous R&SL establishments,
understandably, contracted their printing needs to a
So accepted into the veteran mainstream, Simpson became a member and later a committee man
of the Melbourne R&SL, Duckboard House, and even had business luncheons at the Naval
and Military club where he touted for business. He seemed to like rubbing shoulders with
the members of this elite establishment and considered joining. Life was progressing well
for this "rags to riches ne'er do well".
Telling the odd war story and happily reminiscing of his war service with the 2nd
battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, (2RAR) on ANZAC Days and Vietnam Veterans' Days,
"Simmo" would proudly wear his Vietnam medals and Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).
being the preferred dress for his day out. If
you weren't a "crunchie" (an Infantryman) you weren't a real soldier according
to this wounded veteran and many a punch up and insults were started by him. Any veteran
who was on the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) pension was, in his opinion, a
weak bludger who couldn't handle the pace....... and so this was the lifestyle of our
fortunate veteran, until his fantasy fell apart recently.
Melbourne R&SL, under the shadow of the state Headquarters, ANZAC House, performed a
perfunctory check of its Executive and Committee. Something was not adding up with Mr
Simpsons' military past. He certainly did serve in the reserves - the Citizens Military
Forces (CMF) as it was then known for nine months in 1966/67and was then called up for
National Service 1967/68. He served for 12 months and was medically discharged with NO
Vietnam or active service.
His entire fraudulent life was exposed and when confronted by
an R&SL official he admitted to his bogus past and consequently, is no longer on the
committee, or welcome at Duckboard House.
When Simpson's fraudulent past became known, numerous veterans were reviled and furious at
being taken in by this manipulating conman. One such person is a very close friend of
CPMH, a Vietnam Veteran who devoted countless hours and effort in establishing the
printing business for Simpson. This friend was one of the partners in the initiative and
at the time said simply, "Did what a vet should do to help out a fellow
veteran". He required psychological counselling when he was informed of the true
situation. "This bastard has openly let real veterans butter his bread for him and
all the while would have been laughing up his sleeve," he said. To this day Simpson
is still operating the printing business.
A member of CPMH was approached by four veterans who complained of
Simpson's activities. He explained that this site exists solely to
expose these types of people to the world. "We have provided the Federal
Police with the details of several bogus veterans we have uncovered and
reside on these pages but whilst the Federal Police are sympathetic to
our cause, The Director of Public Prosecutions, Victoria, considers the
prosecution of fake veterans "not in the public interest"
This is most disappointing as in other Australian states,
particularly Queensland we have evidence of guilty findings and fines, trivial as they may
be, of $400 and $500 being handed down. The actions of bogus veterans (wearing non awarded
medals and purporting to be a returned serviceman) are a Federal crime against the Defence
The problems caused by the fraud of the likes of Simpson's ilk who
into veteran communities are the instances of unknown genuine veterans who appear at vets
gatherings and are eyed with suspicion and unease until they can prove their bone fides.
This is a very sad state of affairs for the brotherhood of veterans to have to go through.
The actions of Simpson and other bogus "wannabe" veterans are an insult to all
veterans of all conflicts. When the topic of suitable punishment is discussed among
Vietnam Veterans some of the suggestions are unprintable - but a popular consensus (apart
from a very stiff fine and/or imprisonment) shows support for a term of community service
in a veterans psychiatric ward so that they can come face to face with veterans still
suffering the real horrors of war. If you are a veteran, or a genuine supporter of
veterans and feel that the penalties imposed (if any) are too lenient for the offenders
(refer back to the above AFP letter) please inform your local VVAA, R&SL or local
member to have the penalties increased. CPMH has a poll area on this site. Voice your
opinion there, have a look at the suggested penalties and then write your local member,
VVAA or R&SL with your views as to what you think the penalties should be.
The general consensus is that this charlatan is still earning an income, trading on the
goodwill of genuine veterans in the business community, from the money invested by
veterans to set him up in the printing trade. If he was to have worn a police uniform or
had carried a police identification he would have been charged with that offence
immediately. In memory of our brothers who did not return from all the world's conflicts
alive, should not the same treatment be dealt to those that impersonate us, the veterans
of Australia and New Zealand?
EDITORS NOTE: To protect the innocent from very real threats voiced by the types of people
exposed on these pages, non-required names and addresses have been removed by CPMH from
documents on this site.
This is published in the
public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam
Veteran Community. All information presented here is
fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are
supported by statements of fact and statutory