Wellington man who impersonated officer sentenced

03:54, Jul 19 2011
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EYES LOW: Bruce Reid leaves court.

A Wellington beneficiary who pretended to be a decorated army officer has been sentenced in court this morning.

Bruce Reid, 38, a beneficiary, appeared at Porirua District Court this morning where he was sentenced in relation to a charge of obtaining by deception.

Reid sent an email to a property inspection company in March masquerading as a lieutenant colonel holding the post of deputy director of New Zealand Special Operations Force (Intelligence).

He also claimed to be an officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and to have received the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

Reed then, dressed in an army uniform complete with medals, went to pay for the inspection report with a credit card, which later declined.

In litigation, his lawyer, Megan Boyd, said he had demonstrated significant remorse and entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity.

Judge John Walker sentenced the beneficiary to three months' community detention, 100 hours' community work and ordered him to pay reparation of $1209.28.

Police had confiscated his uniform and the medals, which his lawyer said were worth between $200 and $300 secondhand.

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BRUCE REID: Claimed to be an officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and to have received the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

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