A Brisbane man who allegedly used fake service medals, including the Order of Australia, to conduct business has been charged by police.

Police found replica medals in a search of the man’s residence. Credit:Police Media

Fortitude Valley detectives have charged a 52-year-old Greenslopes man with fraud and improper use of service decorations.

The man fraudulently claimed to be the recipient of honours, including the Medal of the Order of Australia and Officer of the Order of Australia Officer, in multiple interactions with customers between January and April this year, police will allege.

Police said the man also used these awards and credentials to gain access to several events in an attempt to organise meetings for his artwork business.

Police searched the man’s property on April 30 and allegedly found several replica items, including lapel pins and medallions.

Fortitude Valley CIB officer in charge Robert Lapresle said the service awards allegedly used hold significant value to Australians.

“It is important the integrity and merit of these accomplishments are upheld,” Senior Sergeant Lapresle said.

The man is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 18, on nine counts of fraud and one count of improper use of service decorations.

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