A Queensland man allegedly tried to further his business by falsely claiming to be the recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia alongside a host of other fake credentials.
The-52-year-old Brisbane man used "awards" and other false academic credentials to attend several events while attempting to organise meetings for his artwork business, police say.
The man also allegedly made fraudulent claims during multiple interactions with customers between January and April.
"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," Acting Senior Sergeant Robert Lapresle said.
Several replica items, including lapel pins and medallions, were allegedly found in a search of the man's home on April 30.
He was charged with nine counts of fraud and one count of improper use of service decorations, and is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 18.
Australian Associated Press