13 Dec 2013

Fake Anzac Day veteran fined for marching

5:48 am on 13 December 2013

A man has been convicted and fined $A750 for posing as a Vietnam veteran with his twin brother during last year's Brisbane Anzac Day parade.

Brisbane Magistrate John McGrath on Thursday found George Edward Carr, 69, guilty of falsely representing to be a returned soldier and improperly using medals.

Mr McGrath noted that Carr had dishonoured servicemen and women who did not make it home from war.

He said Carr had also caused offence to defence personnel and their families.

The court was told Carr's records showed he never served abroad and was not part of any top secret military missions for which he would have been awarded medals.

The ABC reports photographic and video evidence tendered to the court showed Carr and his twin brother John Anthony Hines marching in last year's Anzac Day parade in Brisbane wearing homemade uniforms.

Hines was convicted on similar charges earlier this year and was told to seek psychiatric treatment.