January – Jack Proulx kicked off the 2021 Parade of Posers with his amazing military themed fairy tales of rescuing POWs, and killing NVA Generals long after US forces had withdrawn from Vietnam. Of course, there are the obligatory stories of him having a price on his head, being wounded in action (shot in the buttocks just like Forrest Gump) and struggling the guilt of being a sole survivor.
February – Bogus First Special Service Force / Korea / Vietnam war fake and embellisher Albert Brum took his place in the SVC Hall of Shame.
Andy Kruzynski – “Dog Tag Dude”. The KRUZER is a bullshit artist and former QOR rifleman with legitimate service in Cyprus. Again, there was no need to embellish his service by wearing bogus medals supposedly earned while on secret intel missions during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. He resurfaced on a number of web sites / groups in Jan/Feb 2021 after making a commitment to members of his regiment to speak only the truth.
James French – Serial poser / fake Gulf War / Afghanistan vet was convicted under s419 CCC x 1 and sentenced to 24 months probation.
March – Terry BIRCH aka “Captain Landmine” despite publicly stating that he would plead guilty to fraudulently wearing medals, the charges against him stayed by the court. Local area veterans are waiting for an apology for his actions while his loud mouthed offspring are still flapping their gums about how the situation was a misunderstanding due to Daddy’s failure to properly “register” his medals.
April – Hendrik Van der Pol who was featured on our platforms in 2020 finally saw the error of his ways by publicly apologizing for his fakery, destroying the unearned medals/insignia and made a commitment to wear only his legitimate awards.
William Greushcow – The ”Wolf” fooled a lot of good people that he had served with the US Army in Vietnam. To be truly convincing, it takes more than an ill fitting uniform, store bought medals and images lifted from the interwebs. The pic of him purporting to be in Vietnam wearing an Aussie uniform and carrying the FN L1A1 SLR is our fave!
Greushcow has now taken his place in the SVC Hall of Shame and is singing the blues however, it’s not with any uniformed choir in the Ottawa area…
May – former Honorary Colonel Jean – Charles Perreault’s membership in the Order of Military Merit was terminated as a result of his long standing medallic fuckery. Hopefully, his membership in the Order of St John will also be terminated in 2022. The circumstances surrounding his award of the Canadian Forces Decoration and the Service Medal of the Order of St John should be reviewed and the medals revoked if applicable.
Captain Mark “Ozzy” Osborne, a serving CF Logistics Officer was convicted for fraudulently wearing 4 medals without lawful authority. He was awarded a $3500 fine and reprimanded…
June – William R McKenzie who claimed to be a MWO / CSM in the Royal Canadian Regiment and a former member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment took his place in the Hall of Shame.
Mario Grenier, a former R22eR Sergeant who deployed to the Balkans from Lahr FRG in 1992. There was no need for him to embellish his military service and claim to have been “running down” Scud Missiles in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and wear bogus medals but, he did…
July – Bradley Bell of Calgary charged with impersonating a soldier along with weapons offences. He claimed to be a high speed – low drag special forces operator yet, he doesn’t have a single day of military service.
August – Serial poser and bogus combat wounded, commando medic and RMC graduate Corey “Killer Kai” DUPS (aka MCpl McSquinty) was arrested in Michigan for impersonating a police officer. His ridiculous claims are now well documented in both sides on the border. https://www.stolenvalour.ca/2021/08/13/corey-kai-dups-mcpl-mcsquinty/
September – SVC staff turnovers & Block leave.
We were advised that bogus USMC Vietnam POW Kenneth Laroche had resurfaced in the Manitoulin, Ontario area. With the assistance of his enablers Laroche and his military themed fairy tales insult the service and sacrifice of anyone who has worn the the uniform of the United States Marine Corps.
October – “Sir” Brent Adair Habeleter. SVC featured him in our blog a couple of years back, he’s now resurfaced in a video with a new approach – the “Queen’s Representative“ who will address ongoing aboriginal issues with the Royal family.
However, there have been no sightings of his fancy gold rope nor the Canadian Forces Decoration he wore to the legion…
November – self appointed captain/commanding officer Simon “many names” DeRothschild found guilty of 1 count under s419 – Unlawful use of military uniforms or certificates; and 1 count under s130 – Personating a peace officer. He was awarded a $1000 fine for each count (total $2k) and 18 months probation.
December – a set of jump wings were anonymously surrendered to SVC along with an apology for wearing them without entitlement.
So, what’s the current state?
Despite the challenges of operating in global pandemic, a significant staff turnover and the addition of a token sailor to our research staff, SVC will continue our campaign to expose those who stand in the blood of our fallen. Over the course of the past nine years, it’s become apparent that the vast majority of individuals reported to us are nothing more than grifters and con artists who lie, cheat or steal for their own personal gain!
They have used their “special status” to attend military ceremonies and parades, military themed galas and high profile sporting events as VIP guests. Some have participated in fully funded overseas pilgrimages & adventurous expeditions, more have “advocated” on veterans issues without the requisite knowledge, experience or service!
Fakes and embellishers have even acquired trauma support dogs and mobility equipment that should have gone to legitimate veterans. Many have used their fake military narratives and tales of battlefield injuries to advance their employment opportunities & political aspirations.
Others are involved in intimidation, theft, fraud including accessing veteran/military discounts, questionable charity schemes, embezzlement and dating scams.
We are well aware of individuals using their fabricated experiences and bogus medals to justify and/or elicit sympathy for their bad behaviour, this is particularly evident with those who claim to have been Prisoners of War.
Remember folks, they are all grifters and con artists…
That being said, SVC has found that Mental Health issues are not usually a factor in the cases reported to us. However, we have piquetted and bypassed a small number of individuals who clearly don’t have the intellectual/mental capacity to understand the nature of their actions. In fact, we have channeled a number of people to mental health agencies as our interactions with them caused us concern.
Lest we forget.
30 December 2021.