A 52-year-old Brisbane man has been charged for allegedly using fake service and academic awards to boost his artwork business.
Fortitude Valley detectives allege the man had several interactions with business customers between January and April this year, where the man fraudulently claimed to be the recipient of service awards including the Order of Australia (OAM) and Officer of the Order of Australia Officer (AO).
Police allege he also falsely declared having academic credentials.
Officers say the man used these awards and credentials to attend several events and organise meetings for his artwork business.
During a search of his home in April, police will allege they found several replica items including lapel pins and medallions.
He was subsequently charged with nine counts of fraud and one count of improper use of service decorations.
Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Robert Lapresle said dishonestly gaining a benefit or advantage through deceit or deception is a criminal offence.
“Our officers investigate these matters to ensure members of the public can have trust and confidence when working with individuals and businesses,” he said.
“The service and merit awards allegedly used in these matters hold significant value to all Australians, and it is important the integrity and merit of these accomplishments are upheld.”
The man is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 18.
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