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Vietnam vet ‘impersonator’ faces trial

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Another Queensland man has faced court charged with impersonating a Vietnam veteran on Anzac Day.

George Edward Carr, also known as George Edward Hines, is the twin brother of exposed fake digger John Anthony Hines, who was found guilty in August of marching with false medals at Anzac Day commemorations in Brisbane last year.

Hines, 69, was fined $500 and given 12 months’ probation for his crime, which outraged returned servicemen.

On Thursday, Carr pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to falsely representing a returned soldier and improper use of service decorations on Anzac Day in 2012.

Michael Gallagher of Central Army Records told the hearing that Carr had served in the army reserve in NSW but not the regular army, and he had never served overseas.

“A search of … documents relevant to (Carr’s) service … was conducted and found no evidence,” he told the court.

Mr Gallagher admitted under cross-examination there had been instances of incomplete records in the past.

Brisbane magistrate John McGrath reserved his decision until December 12.