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Fake medals cost buttons
[April 12, 2006]

Fake medals cost buttons


(Daily Record Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)FAKE war hero Alan McIlwraith bought his dazzling collection of medals for pennies over the internet.

He scoured auction site eBay for months to assemble his selection of honours.

He paid pounds 6.50 for a used Maltese Cross, which is listed underWorld War I medals and ribbons.

On the site, he also bought the CBE, the Military Cross, TA service medals and UN medals for service in Yugoslavia.

McIlwraith forked out pounds 10 for a red beret from the Parachute Regiment and a further pounds 6.99 on men's white cotton gloves similar to the ones he wore to the recentWoman of Influence Awards.

He also paid 1p for a CD of spelling lessons designed to improve soldiers' literacy.

Colonel Bobby Steele of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, said: "This seems like a sad case.

"If I saw this individual dressed like that at any function, I would be suspicious because of his appearance.

"I don't think this fellow would have been able to pass himself off to anyone with any kind of military experience."

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