Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Christian Names: James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Wauchope
Service: Nil
Case Notes:


James Lonergan is either a "hard arse", Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Operative, or a liar and wannabe.



We choose the latter, because he doesn't look like a "hard arse" SASR Operative, and his stories of military adventure are absymal.

We hold statements, detailing what he has said about his Australian Defence Force adventures. For instance:

"He was a Captain in the Special Air Service Regiment and has been deployed on overseas missions". When deployed to Iraq he was located in Kuwait, and went on a mission to Iraq. He was intercepted, and chased back across the Iraq Kuwait, border by Iraq soldiers, to a pick up point to meet a USA Helicopter, however, he was late at the pickup point and was not picked up, so he returned to Kuwait by foot. Back at base he told off and swore at the American pickup Helicopter pilot, and for that, was demoted to Lieutenant in SASR".
Whilst serving in Australia:

"As an SASR officer he was at the Blackhawk disaster in Townsville in 1996, and was tasked with the recovery of those who were killed"

"He was part of an SASR contingent located at Singleton Army Training Camp. Two soldiers training at Singleton, had the weekend off, were bored, and decided to go and upset an SASR contingent. The soldiers walked into a mine field, one of the soldiers decided to leap onto a mine which was set off, and he was killed" When asked if this event made the news, and he said, "no the Range Masters' were quiet about the event".

Mr Longeran also claims that "he has been awarded two military crosses".

After many attempts, Lonergan was finally contacted by a researcher, and when asked, what Australian Defence service he has had, he said "none",

He has never served in the Australia Defence Force, and his only adventures, have been hosing down fires as a member of a Rural Fire Brigade. We suggest that he gets himself hosed down, and stops telling lies about military matters that he obviously knows nothing about.

Surname: Burow
Christian Names: Graeme Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Aspley (Brisbane)
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Case Notes:


Exactly who is Commander Graeme Robert BUROW, RAN? Well, in the mind of Graeme BUROW, he is a highly respected Legal Officer and senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy. In fact, BUROW is a fraud, wannabe and thief who is more deserving of being in the dock, rather than on the legal benches.

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BUROW joins a long list of false pretenders on our pages who have used false military service to defraud unsuspecting people of their hard-earned money or steal their affections.

The BUROW naval adventure makes for great reading, if you are into fictional stories. He claims to have served in the regular Navy as a Navigational Officer for several years. During this ‘period of service’, he claims to have led boarding parties on a number of occasions and has been recognised for gallantry during such actions.

After his hectic life on the high seas, BUROW claims he left the Navy and found himself working for a taxi company. During this time, BUROW created for himself a couple of fancy qualifications including a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Technology.

Apparently, such a highly qualified legal advocate was quite happy to work for a taxi company than to actually ‘hang his shingle’ and practice law, but that is just one great anomaly with his story.

It seems BUROW is such a good Lawyer, that the Navy decided (or so he says) to return him to uniform as a Commander no less and a Legal Officer to boot. His social media communications with friends indicate that he was so needed by the Navy, they even waived his Selection Board and he was more than happy to accept praise for his appointment as Commander.

We hold Statutory Declarations confirming all of his false claims of military service and legal qualifications.

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The fact is, Burow is a fraud and a valour thief. Like so many on our website, he has created a false military career in order to win the heart of the opposite sex. There is no record of Burow every having served in the Australian Defence Force, let alone as a Commissioned Officer.

We can only hope that any ladies who have the misfortune to meet Graeme Burow do not get sucked into to his web of lies. A quick Google search before meeting him will prevent years of heartache and stress.

Welcome aboard the good ship ANZMI, "Commander".

Surname: NORRIS
Christian Names: Troy David
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Woodgate
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Commencement of service: 2001
Completion of service: 2014
Case Notes:


When questioned about his medals, Troy Norris was full of legalese and nefarious arguments, but never quite got to producing evidence as to the bona fides of the Afghanistan medal he wears.




These are the medals he is wearing:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Entitled

Afghanistan Medal (AM) Not Entitled

Iraq Medal (IM) Entitled

Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) Entitled

Australian Defence Medal (ADM) Entitled

The second medal from the left is the Afghanistan medal that he did not earn. He also wears six badges, one of which is the Returned from Active Service Badge which is not worn when wearing medals.

The Returned From Active Service Badge (RASB) is worn on the left lapel positioned near the button hole. The RASB stands alone, and is not worn with any other embellishments, including full or miniature medals, i.e. when wearing medals the RASB is not worn.

He claims to wear the Afghanistan medal because of active service in the relevant strategic area of Operation Slipper. To earn the medal, required thirty days of service in the designated tactical area of operations, . Here are excerpts from the official Afghanistan Medals Instrument 2015 ,signed by the Australian Governor General on 13 April 2015.


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Norris was in the area of Operation Slipper, for only twelve days, whilst aboard HMAS Melbourne, after having completed operational service on Operation Catalyst, in Iraq's designated tactical area. His ship was returning to Australia, and had to pass through part of Operation Slipper's designated tactical area. The dates that HMAS Melbourne was in the area, were from 22 March 2004 until the 2 April 2004. A total of 12 Days.

To have qualified for the Afghanistan medal, Norris would have been required to be in the designated area of Operation Slipper, for 30 days.

As "proof" of his service, Norris sent and email containing his Certificate of Service, which is heavily redacted and proves nothing.

He said:

"Find attached my official certificate of service showing my award of the AASM with clasps of Iraq 2003 and ICAT. Being an expert in this field you would be well aware of the areas of operation and campaign medals are associated with these distinction.
Also to protect myself I against any further accusations I too have collected 2 Statutory Declarations. The first from my RSL president stating that he has responded to your questioning of the validity of my service and has confirmed to you that I am a legitimate service member with all awards being officially approved. As you are probably well aware the RSL requires a full copy of your service record to authenticate your service before be aloud (sic) to join.
The second is from the district RSL whom you logged a complaint with, once again authenticating my service.
I have also attached a copy of my medical records to prove to you and show you that I actually was shot and involved in an explosion resulting in multiple spinal surgeries and the paralysis of my right lower leg. Not that I should be required to prove anything. If you like I can also send you my DVA TPI gold card and my disability sticker".



Exacerbating the situation was the President of the Toowoomba Returned and Services League RSL, Mr Scott May who launched a tirade, that "his" RSL had done irrefutable due diligence, to prove that the medals Norris wears are true and correct. He then launched a rant against ANZMI on the RSL Toowoomba Facebook account. We believe that Mr Scott May, has proven to be "all tip and no iceberg", and whilst his political diatribes, may reflect his ability to rave, it in no way contributed to Norris's defence.

Norris solicited help from an ex RAN, and now Queensland Police officer, who sent the following email to our researcher

Good afternoon,

I have been approached by a Mr Troy NORRIS today who is concerned that he is being unfairly harassed by a person calling himself xxxxxxxxxx from the Australia and New Zealand Military Imposters Group (ANZMI).

Mr NORRIS has received numerous phone calls from a private number from xxxxxxx and emails from this email address after you allegedly received a complaint about his eligibility to wear certain medals that he has been awarded.

I believe that you have received correspondence from Mr NORRIS as well as from Mr Scott MAY, president of the Toowoomba RSL as to his eligibility to wear said medals.

Your actions are now bordering on harassment towards Mr NORRIS and I request that you cease all communications with Mr NORRIS. If you have any further enquiries to make, please direct those enquiries to Mr Scott MAY from the Toowoomba RSL.

xxxxxxxxPolice Station
xxxxxxxPatrol Group
Wide Bay Burnett District
Qld Police Service
Ph 4192 1444 Fax 4126 3057
E-mail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

As a result of the above email, Norris sent the following email. (Notice how the Police Officer has used the Official Police computer data base for him and Norris, to search for the name of our researcher):


"Good morning Ernest,

I’m glad I sought police advice before releasing any further private information about myself. Especially considering I was warned by the police that sensitive information like your requesting can be used for identify fraud and you have no legal right to it. You have only further compounded your untrustworthy nature by using a false identity as we searched you in the police data base. You didn’t even provide your true personal information and identity the police like you stated you would, how am I supposed to trust you when you won’t even be honest with the police? Also if you really though I was guilty why didn’t you report me to the police when you were on the phone?
I took in my statutory declarations from the RSL’s and my service record proving my legitimacy to the police station and they are contained on the police report. I was advised that if this should go any further I would have grounds for further police action for defamation of character.

As you were told if you still want to seek information you can contact the Toowoomba RSL President for verification of my service and medals. I know you said “you didn’t like him because he’s not a nice man” but he’s only following the RSL’s privacy policy and looking out for the best interest of one of his members. I’d be cranky too if I was a sitting RSL president and I’d already confirmed a member’s service and awards just to be ignored.

As you said to the police officer I have been hard to get information out of because the information surrounding my service is private and it’s privacy is protected, if it wasn’t you would have concluded your research on day one. I’m not about to hand over sensitive private information on hearsay and baseless claims from a member of the public.

Should you truly wish to conduct your investigation correctly I would consider meeting in person but I am not sending information to a faceless organization or to a person whom I don’t know their true identity or motives for my own safety. I think this is fair and reasonable.

Troy Norris"


The policeman involved, who searched the Police Data base for Norris, is an ex RAN acquaintance of Norris. Both Norris, and the Police Officer mentioned Statutory Declarations from the Toowoomba RSL, as proof of his entitlement for the Afghanistan medal. No Statutory Declarations were presented to our researcher. The "due diligence" certified by the Toowoomba RSL President, is either a deliberate lie, or an incompetent fumble, at certifying a members bona fides.

Numerous efforts to sort this matter out with the Toowoomba RSL, were unsuccessful, and Norris claims to have a "legal team" from the Toowoomba RSL supporting him. This highlights Norris's ability to con people. He has an RSL District Executive, an RSL President and an RSL Legal Team all convinced that he was issued with the Afghanistan medal.

We also hold a signed statement, detailing that Norris told a group of people that he had served as a Clearance Diver in Afghanistan defusing explosives. An Australian Clearance Divers' association, have advised that Troy Norris has never served in the RAN as a Clearance Diver.

It is very likely that he contrived that service, to explain his false Afghanistan medal, as genuine Australian Clearance Divers were deployed to Afghanistan. He also inferred that he had been shot and blown up, during Afghanistan service. In fact one of his injuries was received in a training accident, and the other whilst on Operation Resolute, on Australian Border Patrol operations, as stated in an ABC news article, dated 3 December 2014 as follows:
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Norris arrived back in Australia from his service with Operations Catalyst and Slipper in April 2004, and subsequently served on Operation Resolute on Australian Border Patrols to the immediate North of Australia.

Norris had an adventurous RAN career, before being discharged in 2014 for medical reasons. He chose to become a medals cheat, and liar, by adding the Afghanistan medal to his medals and his adventures. He also chose to deceive those who trusted him, and who must now, be somewhat nonplussed at their gullibility. It is unfortunate when an RSL claims by Statutory Declaration, that their due diligence proves Norris to be genuine. Norris is a master con man, and the Toowoomba RSL, at the senior levels, have either dishonestly supported Norris, or they are gullible beyond normal.

It is also unfortunate, that a Queensland Police office chose to break the law by illegally searching the police website on Norris's behalf.

Norris can serve forever on HMNZ Ship ANZMI, however he will not be awarded any accolades.

Surname: WYNEN
Christian Names: Johannes Bernard
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Cessnock
Service #: 2147498
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: 1969
Completion of service: 1992 & ARes 2002
Case Notes:


There are some people in life who just cannot help themselves when it comes to acquiring and wearing Military medals, ribbons, badges, and other accoutrements. If you did not earn them, no problems. Just go out and buy them and have them court mounted on your rack.

If you were standing next to former Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Bernard Wynen on Anzac Day, you would possibly feel a little inadequate or overwhelmed in comparison to the medal rack that he wears.

Several Veterans have observed Wynen over the years as his medal rack continues to grow. Consequently, he was reported to ANZMI as a possible medal cheat, valour thief and fraud.


In the above photograph, Wynen's medal rack reveals -;
1. The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. (AASM) Vietnam Clasp.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Australian Service Medal post 1975 (ASM) Kashmir Clasp.
4. Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Medal.
5. Defence Force Service Medal. (DFSM)
6. National Medal no clasps.
7. Australian Defence Medal.
8. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM)
9. US Army Commendation Medal for valour.
10.Unknown medal.
12. United Nations Military Observers Group India-Pakistan Medal. (UN-MOGIP)
He wears an unidentifiable badge above his medal rack. (Possibly the Infantry Combat Badge. ICB)

Johannes Bernard Wynen, or Hans as he likes to be known, was born on the 16 July 1949.

During 1969, at 20 years of age he enlisted in the Australian Army. He attended Officer Cadet School OCS - Portsea, Victoria, and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1970. He was then posted to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.

On the 24 December 1970, he was posted to 107 Field Battery, 4 Field Regiment (Artillery) in South Vietnam, as a 2nd Lieutenant. On the 11 March 1971, he was posted to 12 Field Regiment, South Vietnam and completed his tour of duty in that country on the 14 December,1971. His role was a Gun Section Commander.



Wynen remained in the Australian Army until he discharged in 1992. He had attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at that time.

He then served in the Australian Army Reserves (ARes) until 2002 and inactive Emergency ARes until about 2014.

About 2009 Wynen joined the NSW Corrective Services. He is currently an Acting Senior Corrective Services Officer at Cessnock Correctional Centre.

Below is a photograph of Wynen taken at Shortland Correctional Centre, Cessnock on rhe 26 November, 2020. His Medal rack has increased in comparison to the earlier photograph.

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The following medal ribands are being worn by Wynen.

1. Conspicuous Service Cross. (CSC.) Not entitled.
2. Australian Active Service Medal. (AASM) 1945-1975.
3. Vietnam Medal with Mention in Dispatches (MiD) Oakleaf. Not entitled to MiD oakleaf.
4. Australian Active Service medal. (AASM) post 1975. Not entitled.
5. Iraq medal. Not entitled.
6. Australian Service Medal. (ASM.) Post 1975.
7. Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Medal. Not entitled.
8. Defence Force Service Medal. (DFSM) with 4 dots. (Clasps) denoting 35 years’ service.
9. National Medal 2 dots, (clasps), denoting 35 years’ service. Not listed Its an Honour.
10. Australian Defence Medal.
11. U.S. Army Commendation medal, with V device for valour. Not entitled.
12. Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm. Not entitled.
13. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM).
14. United Nations Military Observer Group in India-Pakistan. (UN-MOGIP)
15. Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal. Not entitled.
16. Above his medal rack he wears the Australian Army Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB) Not entitled.
17. On his right breast he wears two commendations. One appears to be the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm again. Not entitled.
18. The second one is possibly a US Army Meritorious Unit Citation. Not entitled.

The Conspicuous Service Cross. Sample


The Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) is a decoration (medal) of the Australian honours system. It is awarded to members of the Australian Defence Force "for outstanding devotion to duty or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgment or dedication, in non-warlike situations". In November 2019, 1129, people were listed as recipients. All ranks are eligible for the award.

Had Wynen been awarded this decoration, his name would appear at Australian Honours and Awards, Its an Honour site. He would be entitled to use the post nominals CSC following his name. Wynen’s name does not appear at Its an Honour. He has purchased this award and presented it to himself.

Vietnam Medal with MiD Oakleaf. Sample


Wynen is entitled to wear the Vietnam Medal. However, he is not entitled to claim that he was awarded the Mentioned in Dispatches oakleaf that he has had placed on the ribbon. He was never awarded this decoration and his name does not appear in the Honours Section of the DVA Vietnam Nominal Roll. See below.

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Mentioned in Dispatches.

To be mentioned in dispatches describes a member of the armed forces whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command, in which their gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy is described. Wynen has no entitlement to an MiD. He was never Mentioned in Dispatches in Vietnam.

Australian Active Service Medal post 1975. Sample


Wynen claims the “post 1975 Australian Active Service Medal”, possibly for Iraq, which is the next medal ribbon on his rack. Only a handful of Australian soldiers were on the ground in the First Iraq war 1991-1992. Wynen was not one of them. He discharged in 1992, so any further Iraq service after that date would not be possible.

Iraq Medal. Sample



The Iraq Medal was issued for qualifying Australian ADF personnel who served in that theatre from the 19 March, 2003 to the 25 November, 2013. Wynen discharged from the Australian Army in 1992. He discharged from the Australian ARes in 2002. He is not entitled to this medal.

The QE11 Silver Jubilee Medal. Sample



The Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Medal was proclaimed in 1977. It was issued to several high ranking ADF personnel. Wynen was a junior Commissioned Officer in 1977. His name does not appear on Governor Generals “Its an Honour”, or the official list of recipients for this award.

The National Medal with two clasps. Sample 

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This medal and clasps, if awarded, would signify that Wynen has had 35 years’ service in the Commonwealth and/or State public sector. The Australian Defence Force discontinued this award to personnel on the 20 April 1982. It was replaced by the DFSM. Defence Service before 1982 and his NSW Correctional Service since 2009, would qualify him for the National Medal and one clasp.
Wynen is not listed on Its an Honour for the National medal with two clasps.

U.S. Army Commendation Medal with V device for valour. Sample



The medal maybe conferred upon Defence Force personnel from other nations and worn with the specific approval of the Australian Department of Defence, however, there is no evidence that Wynen was ever awarded this decoration.

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Sample


This award was bestowed upon several Australian Defence Force personnel during the Vietnam War. Other versions were awarded to allied Units. Again, there is no evidence that Wynen was ever awarded this decoration. The Artillery Units he served with in Vietnam were also not awarded this medal.

The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation is a singular device. Individuals are not eligible to wear the Citation device until they have been formally approved to do so through the application process.

Approval to wear the Citation does not give a person the authority to wear the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. This is an individual decoration that was awarded to a number of Australians by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam in recognition of their individual acts of gallantry.

Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal. Sample


The Saudi Arabian version of the Liberation of Kuwait Medal is awarded to members of the Coalition Forces who participated in Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait between the dates of January 17, 1991 and February 28, 1991. It is considered rarer than the Kuwaiti version of the medal,

There is no evidence that Wynen served in the prescribed Warlike area at any time that would qualify him for this Medal. The medal was issued to Australian Defence Force personnel for their participation in that conflict.

Infantry Combat Badge. ICB. Sample


Some Artillery Forward Observers attached to an Infantry Battalion were erroneously approved for the issue of this accoutrement. Wynen was a Gun Section Commander in Vietnam and never a Forward Observer attached to any Battalion.. He was never given approval to wear the ICB. This has been confirmed by his Artillery Regiment colleagues who served with Wynen in Vietnam.

There is no evidence of Wynen being awarded the two citations he wears on the right breast.

Over the years, Wynen has added the following medals and clasps to his rack.

- Conspicuous Service Cross.
- Mention in Dispatches MiD oakleaf for bravery to his Vietnam Medal.
- AASM post 1975.
- Iraq Medal.
-Three Clasps to his DFSM.
-Two clasps to his National Medal.
-The V design for "Valour" to the U.S. Army Commendation Medal.
- The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm Medal.
- Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal.

Wynen has also claimed to others that he was sent to the United Kingdom, Royal Military College of Science, where he completed a Master of Science Degree. (MSc)

He has stated that he has “a very broad knowledge and experience in the nuances of Protocols and Procedures”.

He claims in writing, that his broad knowledge of Protocols and Procedures was developed over the years from "dining" with Royalty, Prime Ministers and Governors.

However, wearing un-awarded Australian and Foreign Medals, Ribands, Citations, Badges and Accoutrements is contrary to his claimed high standards of Protocols and Procedures. It is unfortunate that the Royal family members, Prime Ministers and Governors, who he "dines" with, did not explain to him that wearing purchased military medals and ribands on ebay or at a Medal Dealer is a big "No No" in Australia.

The United Kingdom Royal Military College of Science was contacted and it appears that Wynen’s claim to a Master of Science is also false.

Former Army colleagues of Wynen were contacted and stated that Wynen had an unremarkable tour of duty to South Vietnam as a Gun Section Commander, 2nd Lieutenant in 1970-1971. They were surprised when shown a photograph of Wynen's current medal rack. In particular, medals denoting bravery, gallantry and valour.

Wynen has attended Unit reunions over the years but has never divulged to his colleagues that he was awarded the medals in question.

The true medal entitlement of Wynen as confirmed by his former colleagues is -;

The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. Clasp Vietnam.
The Vietnam Medal.
The Australian Service Medal post 1975. Kashmir clasp. (For UN-MOGIP deployment)
The Defence Force Service Medal with appropriate clasps.
Possibly the National Medal. (Although not listed on Its an Honour.)
The Australian Defence Medal.
The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (For serving 181 days in country.)
The United Nations Military Observer Group in India-Pakistan medal. (UN-MOGIP)

The Returned from Active Service Badge.

We can only conclude that Johannes Bernard Wynen is a Medal Cheat and Honour thief. His claims of valour and brave conduct are extraordinary.

For many years, Wynen puts himself out there in the public arena as a War Hero. Clearly he is not. He has no doubt gained a great deal of kudos and respect from work colleagues and the general public for his deception. Possibly even promotion over others.

He needs to apologise publicly to the community and his NSW Corrective Services work colleagues for his deceit.

Wynen has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903 Section 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: $3000.00, imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

His employers, NSW Corrective Services, should report his illegal behaviour to the local Cessnock Police for further investigation and charges under the Defence Act 1903. He should also face disciplinary action within his own Government Department.

Returned Veterans, in particular, Vietnam Veterans, will not stand by and see valour stolen by those who have not earned it.

As a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army, he sets a bad example. He lacks credibility.

An update on Mr. Johannes Bernard Wynen will be provided as events unfold.





Surname: BARNES
Christian Names: Troy Daniel
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Bradbury, Sydney
Service #: Nil
Service: Claims Army
Branch: Commando
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:


Troy Daniel Barnes, also known as Jason Daniels, was born on the 9 February 1990.

About 2011, Barnes joined the New South Wales Police Force. He subsequently attained the rank of Senior Constable. He was attached to the Professional Standards Command, Sydney.

Barnes is a Fraud and a Military Imposter.


ANZMI has been researching the reported lies espoused by Barnes for some time. However, due to his arrest and charging of 29 criminal matters, ANZMI could not publish any of the known facts, due to the matter being before the Court.

That Court matter has now been determined, and ANZMI is free to publish his lies and inexcusable deceitful behaviour.

From early in his Police career, Barnes has boasted to family members, friends and Professional Standards Command work colleagues the following -;
1. He was a Paratrooper and a Commando in the Australian Army.
2. He completed three tours of the Middle East.
3. He served in “The Iraq and Afghanistan wars”. He was part of the team that captured Osama Bin Laden.
4. He received a Medal of Honour in a private ceremony; however, it is not on the public record as it may jeopardize his safety.
5. Due to his exemplary Army service, he was selected for Diplomatic Missions.
6. He was a member of the New South Wales Police Task Force Raptor, and he was threatened by criminal elements.

Below are the Australian Medals Barnes has claimed to relatives and friends that have been awarded to him.


NSW Police Force members with prior Military Service became suspicious of Barnes’ claims. As did members of Barnes’ family and friends.

In September 2020, NSW Police were notified that Barnes was in possession of illegal military items. As a result, a search warrant was executed at his house and an Australian Military uniform and other items were seized.

Barnes was arrested and charged with 29 offences, including falsely representing himself to be a returned Soldier, Sailor or Airman under the provisions of the Defence Act 1903. Section 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.
Barnes resigned from the NSW Police Force in late September, 2020, and his resignation was accepted.

On the 9 July 2021, Barnes appeared before the Parramatta (Sydney) Local Court and was convicted. See below -;
Courtesy ABC News.


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It is clear that Troy Barnes is an incorrigible liar and a false pretender of the highest order. Like many Military Imposters who appear on this site following public exposure, Barnes claims the usual Post Traumatic Stress Disorder excuse for his behaviour. That excuse probably saved him a custodial sentence on this occasion.

If any of our readers can provide a more suitable photograph of Barnes, it would be appreciated.

Barnes was a total embarrassment to the New South Wales Police Force, and that service needs to be congratulated for weeding out this charlatan.

Well done NSW Police on behalf of ANZMI, all Australian and New Zealand military veterans, and all our followers.

Surname: Rivett
Christian Names: Shaun Francisco
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service #: 8532566
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 07.08.2007
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:


Shaun Francisco Rivett was born on the 3 August, 1990.

He is a false pretender, a medal cheat and a valour thief. He has gained favour and positions in the Australian Federal Government Border Force (ABF) with his deception.

In 2007, at the age of 17, Rivett joined the Australian Army part time Reserves.(ARes) His initial posting was the Reserve 5/6 Infantry Unit, Royal Victoria Regiment. He resigned from the ARes in August, 2009.

He then enlisted in the Australia Regular Army in August, 2012. From August to November, 2012, Rivett completed Regular Army Recruit Training at Kapooka, 1RTB. Following Recruit Training he attended Singleton School of Infantry where he completed Infantry Corps Training. He was then posted to 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment for a few months. In July, 2013, he was terminated from the Australia Regular Army. He then returned to the Australian Reserves 5/6 Infantry Unit, Royal Victoria Regiment as a part time Private soldier.

These dates are significant. He has informed work colleagues and others that he served in the Australia Regular Army in Afghanistan in 2010. However, he was not a member of the Australian Defence Force in any capacity at this time.

ANZMI has received several statements about the false claims of Rivett.


1. That he served with Corporal (name withheld) in Afghanistan in 2010 as an Assistant Group Commander B Company, 2 Commando Regiment.
2. That he had been involved in numerous fire fights where he had killed Taliban soldiers.
3.That his PTSD was so severe he would see combatants he had shot in his rear vision mirror.
4. In 2018 Rivett applied for a position with a Government Department detailing his fake resume Special Forces overseas deployment.
5. In 2019 he went to Afghanistan to rescue a mate captured who was working as a Private Contractor.


1. That he was in Delta Company 2 Commando Regiment.
2. That when he was in the DEA, he went to Afghanistan and destroyed crops.
3. He spoke about all the times he was in conflict with the Taliban enemy.
4. That he then went to 1 Commando Regiment as a Leader, and they were not as professional as 2 Commando, so he left and requested a posting to "Stand by Reserves."

There are a number of other reports to ANZMI detailing false claims made by Rivett. We will not list them here, as they do not take the matter further.

On the 12 June 2018, Rivett joined the Australian Border Force, (ABF) Melbourne, Australia Home Affairs, and is currently employed by that Government Department, in the Mobile Deployment Team. Evidence suggests that he included false military service on his application to join ABF.


In the above photograph Rivett is wearing the following medals.

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Not entitled.
2. Afghanistan Medal. Not entitled.
3. Australian Service Medal. (ASM) Not entitled.
4. Australian Operational Service Medal. (AOSM) Not entitled.
5. Australian Defence Medal. Not entitled.
6. NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal (ISAF) Not entitled.



The above photograph (a reverse selfie) shows Rivett, in Australia Border Force uniform, wearing the purchased Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) above his false medal riband rack and the unawarded Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) above his name tag.

Rivett has never been awarded any of the medals, the ICB or the MUC. He has purchased them and awarded them to himself.


The above Certificate of Service is inconsistent with his claims of Active Service in the Australian Army. There are no references to any Australian military medals or other awards listed on this document. It is dated 13 September, 2019. It is also not signed by the person named at the foot of the document. The dates are also inconsistent with the termination of his ARes service in August, 2009 and his claims of Afghanistan deployment in 2010. It is a forgery.

Rivett wears the purchased ribands and medals on duty in his ABF role as the occasion presents.

Rivett has committed some very serious offences against the Australian Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A – Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier - and 80B - Improper use of service decorations - in wearing Australian Military awards that have not been issued to him. Penalty $3,300 fine or six months imprisonment or both.

The fact that he wears the medals and or ribands on duty in a Federal Government ABF uniform is most likely a sackable offence. It will also not go down well with the Australian Department of Defence, where he is still an Army Standby Reserve Rifleman in Melbourne.

Rivett was sent two emails to offer him an opportunity to explain his behaviour. He decided not to respond.

Rivett has stolen the honour of genuine Afghanistan veterans for his own selfish ideals, both in his workplace and on commemorative occasions.

Rivett could not cope with Australian Regular Army life. He quit after 11 months and returned to part time soldiering.

The veteran community will not stand by and see imposters like Rivett gain advantages due to his deceit, immoral and illegal behaviour. Particularly in the work force.

He will no doubt be reported to his Federal Government employers, the ABF and the Australian Department of Defence, and hopefully he will receive his appropriate comeuppance.

His current employers should re-visit his 2018 ABF Employment Application for any credibility issues. The Australian Federal Police may also take an interest in the matter.

Identical offences were committed by Ross James Russo of Clifton Beach Queensland. Another former Australian Army Reserve and RAN rating, a false pretender, liar and wannabee, who fraudulently wore un-awarded ribands on his Queensland Corrective Services uniform. Russo also told lies to the Queensland Department of Health about his false claims of Australian Defence Force active service to gain a permanent Supervisors position in that Department. See below.

An update will be provided on ANZMI as events unfold.

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