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View Article  Ex-wife exposes bogus war hero in Cenotaph march
Walter Mitty Marine: Ex-wife exposes bogus war hero in Cenotaph march

As the Royal Marines marched past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, Elaine Deane spotted a familiar face on her TV screen.

It was her ex-husband Paul McFarlane - and he was up to his old tricks.
Contrary to the medals and regimental beret he was wearing, he never served in the Royal Marines. 

Paul Mcfarlane (circled) marches past the Cenotaph alongside genuine war veterans on Remembrance Sunday
On parade: Paul Mcfarlane (circled) marches past the Cenotaph alongside genuine war veterans on Remembrance Sunday

He was kicked out after a couple of weeks in basic training.
Yet the 54-year-old former lorry driver persists in masquerading as a war hero who saw action in the Falklands.

‘I was livid to see him parading in that uniform and medals he hasn’t earned,’ said Miss Deane, 49, who kicked him out of their home near Chester after discovering his lies.

‘He’s been going on marches for years but when I found out the truth I contacted every organisation in a 30-mile radius. He’s obviously got around that by going to London.
‘I don’t know why he does it but I think it makes him feel important.’

McFarlane met Miss Deane in January 1995 and, when they married three months later, he wore a Royal Marines uniform.

‘He was all dressed up, as bold as brass, even though I had friends from the military there,’ she said.

‘He was very comfortable with it all and said he’d been posted to Cyprus, Germany and, for some reason, Jersey.’

Doubts crept in when she heard him claiming he had served in the Royal Engineers, contradicting what he had told her.

But she stood by her husband, who like her had three children from a previous marriage, although he was often unemployed and she had to do two jobs as a cook and care assistant to support the family.

In January 2008 she heard that he was claiming they owned a holiday home in Spain. Doubting everything he had ever told her, she demanded he send off for his service record – and had her worst fears confirmed.

‘I said I’d had enough and told him to pack his bags,’
she said.

After he had gone she said she found military regalia including uniforms and canes in the attic, along with keys which turned out to fit the munitions cupboard of a navy cadet force where he had helped.

McFarlane, who is now living with his third wife, Debbie, and works as a doorman, insisted his military record was genuine when confronted at their home in Hawarden, north Wales.

He said: ‘I joined the Royal Marines in Brighton as a
cadet from school. I then served at Bickleigh Barracks [near Plymouth] from 1972
to 1991.

‘I am a Falklands veteran. I sailed out on Canberra and came back on the QE2.

Of course I never served in the Royal Engineers - that’s a contradiction in terms, isn’t it?’ His new wife added that he had medals for ‘Northern Ireland, the South Antarctic and In the Service of Peace’, saying: ‘My grandfather was in the First World War and I don’t believe Paul would have tried to bluff his way through about serving in the Royal Marines, knowing that.’

Wedding day charade: Elaine Deane with former husband Paul McFarlane in his Marines uniform in 1995l
Wedding day charade: Elaine Deane with former husband Paul McFarlane in his Marines uniform in 1995

However, McFarlane failed to produce a single piece of evidence of his time in the service or any photographs showing him with fellow Marines in combat zones or other postings.

When pressed about Royal Marines Association membership, he admitted having the uncompleted paperwork at his house. He also gave three different final ranks – colour sergeant, corporal and lance corporal.

And given the opportunity to ask former colleagues to confirm his claims, he said: ‘All the people who could vouch for me being in the Royal Marines have told me they would rather not get involved.’

At the Cenotaph, McFarlane wore the uniform, cap badge and belt buckle of the Royal Engineers along with the General Service Medal of 1962 and the United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal, awarded for three months’ service keeping peace between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

The Royal Marines Association yesterday said that members were issued with tickets to join the march past the Cenotaph but McFarlane might have managed to slip in without one. A spokesman said: ‘I don’t recognise him and we don’t have a member by that name.’

A Ministry of Defence source confirmed the service number McFarlane gave to the Daily Mail does not exist and is not even similar to typical Royal Marine identification numbers.

He added: ‘It’s safe to say he’s never been in the Marines.’

Told that McFarlane claimed to have served for 19 years from 1972, an MoD spokesman said: ‘Between those dates there is no one of that name who served with the Royal Navy or the Marines.’

View Article  When will they ever learn,
When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn - remember the words of the old song? Yet another bloody "Walter"!

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Considering there are thousands of us normal - well, in our eyes normal - former "booties" and squaddies out there, just what do these tossers get from it ? They must be very sad people !
View Article  Armed Forces Charity Conman is Jailed for 2 Years

Liam Kissane Dressed as RM Commando

A shameless conman who dressed as a Royal Marine commando to fleece generous members of the public in a cynical charity scam has been jailed for more than two years.

Loner Liam Kissane, 28, developed a fixation for masquerading as a member of the armed forces because it was an easy way to make money, and it earned him respect that he would never otherwise have had.

Kissane, who has served previous prison sentences for the same thing, was caught out when police officers were tipped off about his activities in Ashton town centre, by a man who was suspicious about him.

Pensioner Ian Smith spotted one flaw in the trickster's disguise - the fact that he was not wearing military issue boots.

Outside court, Mr Smith said: "No sentence would have been enough for him. People in Ashton under Lyne, and lads wearing the genuine Queen's uniform would all have wanted to see him put away for longer."

Jailing him at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Geake told him: "You are a manipulative, deceitful and devious criminal.

"This was a mean, cynical and elaborate fraud committed by you, and people like you have to be deterred.

"Members of the public who are prepared to give to decent charities should be protected."

Kissane, of no fixed abode, who dressed immaculately in full Royal Marine uniform including beret, had downloaded military logos from the internet to make a DIY Royal Marines warrant card and military travel pass, and introduced himself as Sergeant Kissane.

He toured pubs and shopping centres with charity boxes and wristbands, making hundreds of pounds for himself.

When arrested, Kissane, whose father had been in the Army, had £345.03p in his rucksack, but the court was told there was no knowing how much he had actually made from his heartless con, and how much had been spent on himself.

Kissane was insistent that he had intended to pass cash he had collected to the Help for Heroes charity.

He even told one bar manager he persuaded to take one of his tins that he had just returned from service in Afghanistan, and hoped to make extra money to help children of servicemen out there.

Judge Geake told him however: "It is very clear from the evidence that this was yet another scam being tried by him as a way of making money for himself."

He told Kissane that he accepted he had long-standing psychological problems and felt a compulsion to wear military uniform.

But he added: "No doubt it gave you some respect from the general public and you felt more comfortable in that skin, but you cannot justify committing that kind of fraud, and it is not the first time you have done it."

The court was told that under his real name of Graham Eckerman, he was jailed in 2004 after posing as a Royal Marine who had been awarded the Victoria Cross, in order to con members of the public in Scotland.

He also carried out a £984 fraud with a stolen bank card and was jailed for six months after pretending to be a Royal Marine and demanding free rail travel.

Eckerman who later changed his name to Liam Kissane after a fictional Army hero in a novel by author Matthew Reilly, had had little stability in his life, and moved around the country, never staying in one place for any length of time.

The court was told that on release from his last prison sentence just a month before his arrest, he had severed all ties in the London area where he had previously lived, and moved north to try his luck in Greater Manchester.

Mark Fireman defending, said his client was not a stupid man, and now wanted to do his best to "grapple" with his condition. Kissane who pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, possessing false identification documents, and making art for use in fraud, has been jailed for a total of 27 months.

Following the case, Det Sgt Claire Platt, said: "It is hard to think how someone would sink as low as this to earn a quick buck. Kissane took full advantage of the goodwill of people who thought they were supporting a worthy cause.

"I would like to praise the vigilant members of the public who raised the alarm. This case illustrates how important it is for us to maintain one of the most important commitments of our Policing Pledge; to have officers visibly patrolling their areas 80 per cent of the time."

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View Article  Graham Eckerman (hero and serial con artist)

The Conmando

This loathsome piece of shit first came to prominence in 2004, when Scotland’s Daily Record revealed how Graham Philip Eckerman, (then 24) posed as a Royal Marine and told people in the Orkneys he was on leave to raise £20,000 to 'send a mate's terminally ill son on holiday' – like yer do. Eckerman claimed he was trying to raise cash for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a well known children's charity.

View Article  Serial crook posed as hero marine in charity scam

A conman masqueraded as a Royal Marine to pocket cash in a charity scam

Liam Kissane, 28, exploited public support for the armed forces by pretending to be a commando seeking donations for the Help For Heroes charity.

He toured pubs and shopping centres around Greater Manchester with collection boxes and charity wristbands, taking hundreds of pounds in donations – and kept it himself. But he was rumbled by pensioner Ian Smith, from Ashton under Lyne, who spotted he was not wearing military-issue boots.

Police arrested Kissane and found he had £300 in coins in his rucksack.

Kissane appeared in court yesterday after admitting fraud – but we can reveal offence – for Kissane is a serial conman who has committed a number of similar scams.

Under the name Graham Eckerman he was jailed in 2004 after posing as a Royal Marine who had been awarded the Victoria Cross so he could cheat people in Scotland

In that scam, he pretended that he was raising £20,000 to send a friend’s terminally ill son on holiday.

Also in 2004 he carried out a £985 fraud with a stolen bank card and was jailed for six months after pretending to be a Royal Marine and demanding free rail travel.

Eckerman, originally from Scotland, moved to Manchester and changed his name to Liam Kissane after a fictional army hero in a novel by Australian writer Matthew Reilly.

He stayed in backpackers’ hostels while touring pubs wearing a Royal Marine’s uniform and carrying Help For Heroes collection boxes and wristbands. Kissane also used fake armed forces identity cards.

Kissane claimed in court that he had been keeping the money he collected until he found out how to send it to Help For Heroes.

But Judge Jonathan Geake dismissed his claims. He said: “It is very clear from the evidence that I can be satisfied that this was yet another scam being tried by him as a way of making money for himself.

“He was no doubt clever enough to realise that if he kept a separate stash of money in his belongings, he could say ‘I was genuinely collecting for charity and this is what I’ve saved so far’.”

The judge also quoted a psychological report into Kissane which said he wore uniforms as a form of escape and that he ‘would feel like a different person, could hide within view and would be treated differently, with respect and admiration’.

The report concluded that it became an obsession and that ‘every second thought was about uniforms’.

Kissane admitted fraud, possessing false identification documents and making art for use in a fraud.

He will be sentenced next month.

View Article  'Impossible' medals case is dismissed

Saturday, February 20, 2010, 09:30

A man who angered veterans by sporting an "impossible" array of medals has had his conviction overturned – after it emerged that the offence he admitted no longer exists.

Roger Day, 62, posed as a retired member of the SAS, wearing 17 medals as he marched in a Poppy parade on November 11, last year.

But veterans in Bedworth became suspicious that any one individual could win so many medals and contacted the police.

In January, Mr Day, of Earl Shilton, was sentenced to 60 hours community service and ordered to pay £40 costs after he pleaded guilty to a charge of military deception. But yesterday his conviction was overturned after it emerged the act under which he was prosecuted was scrapped 11 days before the march.

Mr Day had pleaded guilty to "unlawfully using decoration" under Section (1b) the Army Act 1955. But the Act was repealed by the Armed Forces Act 2006 – just days before Day joined hundreds of war veterans on November 11 – making it obsolete.

Warwickshire Crown Prosecution Service admitted the mistake.

A spokesman said: "On January 15, the CPS was contacted by Mr Day's defence solicitors querying the original charge. In the light of this query and the subsequent review, the CPS can confirm that Mr Day should not have been charged under the Army Act 1955, as this Act had been repealed 11 days prior to the offence being committed and had been replaced by the Armed Forces Act 2006.

"As soon as this error was discovered, we contacted the court and Mr Day's defence solicitors.

"Having reviewed the file and re-applied the Code for Crown Prosecutors, a decision was made to discontinue the prosecution."

He added the decision was also made to discontinue the prosecution on the basis that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

Mr Day returned to Nuneaton Magistrates Court two weeks after his conviction and had the it overturned.

The CPS was ordered to pay £200 legal costs.

Yesterday, Mr Day's wife Maxine, 38, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the result. My husband said all along that he did nothing illegal.

"Morally, he might have lied but in the eyes of the law he is innocent."

Mr Day added: "I am vindicated.

"I am now considering taking legal action against all those who muddied my name."

At the court case on January 12, Mr Day admitted pretending to be a decorated war hero in order to impress Maxine after they met at an opera club in 2000.

The court heard that he "got carried away with the fantasy" to keep Maxine interested in him.

He told Maxine he lost the medals in action or sold them so she set about replacing them one by one.

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View Article  Medals are pukka...but I'm sworn to silence on how I won them, says the parade 'fraud'

A man who marched at a Remembrance Day parade with an impossible array of medals was named last night as carpenter Roger Day, 61.

Neighbours said the keen amateur actor was once thrown out of his local pub in a row over an SAS badge he was wearing. Mr Day denied he was a conman and said the 17 medals - including top bravery awards - were 'pukka'.

Roger Day on parade and, right, at home today. He denied he'd been confronted at the parade and said afterwards he'd then gone drinking with his 'ex-SAS buddies'

But medals expert Martin Harrison said: 'He would be world-famous - and some sort of Rambo character - if he had been awarded them all.'

A drive to identify the mystery medal man was launched after he was pictured marching alongside brave servicemen at the November 11

parade in Bedworth, Warwickshire. Mr Day was tracked down to his home in Earl Shilton, near Hinckley, Leicestershire, where it emerged that he is a regular churchgoer who sings in the choir.

He and his wife Maxine, who neighbours said was 'considerably younger', wrote and sang a duet welcoming troops back from Afghanistan at a ceremony last month.

Roger Day strode alongside 600 genuine war heroes wearing a beige SAS beret and a dazzling selection of military medals and badges. Below, what they represent.

Mr Day, who wore a beige SAS beret at the parade, insisted his medals were genuine, but said the Official Secrets Act stopped him giving details. He said: 'They're all proper, pukka campaign medals. Medals I won in conflicts while I was serving with the British forces. All I can say is South Atlantic the Gulf, Kuwait and one or two other stations.'

The medals included the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross - the highest bravery awards

after the Victoria Cross - campaign awards from Korea and the Falklands, medals for both officers and other ranks and foreign decorations.

Mr Harrison, a squadron leader with the RAF Volunteer Reserve and liaison officer at the Bedworth Armistice Day Parade committee, said: 'It is a ridiculous, ludicrous combination of medals which is unheard of.'

Mr Day also denied being confronted at the parade and admitting he was a fake. He said: 'I saw it out to its bitter end and then went drinking with some ex-SAS buddies.'

But it emerged last night that he was once thrown out of his local pub after being accused of pretending to be an SAS hero.

One regular at The Plough said: 'One of the lads who was a soldier pulled him up on it because no one from the regiment would ever wear an official pin badge in a non-military capacity.

'He started getting very jittery and aggressive and started threatening to prove his SAS skills. At this point I grabbed him and asked him to leave.

'He was very scared and looked like he was about to cry, saying, "Sorry, sorry, I won't do it again" and whimpering. He left with his tail between his legs.'

Graham Gittings, vicar at the local church, where Mr Day was married three years ago, said: 'I do not think he is pretending. There are pictures of him in the armed forces in his home and he has given talks to church groups about war and peace.'

Hinckley Ex-Servicemen's Club has launched an investigation. Secretary Paul Savage said: 'If he has been wearing medals he is not entitled to he will be facing a £1,000 fine and he will be thrown out of the club.

'Most members consider it disgusting for someone to wear medals that do not belong to them. It makes a mockery of everything.'

View Article  The Bedworth Walter
I'm sure that the full details will be posted by Foxnwolf but in the meanwhile, The Bedworth Walter - he of the incredible array of bravery awards - has been "outed" in the press. Go to the Daily Mail website - it's on there.

But hey, let's be careful out there - he keeps threatening to use his military skills on people. So beware, he may kill you with a single quip. Probably a blackbelt in Origami !

If it has filtered down below the latest Mail shock-horror about Jordans tits being out for the lads or Flash Gordon - Saviour of the Universe's latest pre-election ofeering it's under :


Aaargh - he got me

Aaargh - he got me again !