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Nov 16, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Franck Gervais, alleged soldier imposter, arrested and charged in Ottawa

A Quebec man accused of impersonating a soldier at a Remembrance Day ceremony this week has been arrested and faces four charges


A Quebec man accused of impersonating a soldier at a Remembrance Day ceremony this week has been arrested and faces four charges.

Ottawa police said in a news release Saturday evening that Franck Gervais of Cantley, Que., appeared at a police station earlier that day. He was arrested, charged and released. Gervais, 32, is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 9.

Gervais faces two counts of personating a public officer and two counts of the unlawful use of military uniforms.

Impersonating a Canadian Armed Forces member, including wearing the uniform or medals associated with the Forces, is against the law.

He had allegedly presented himself as a sergeant of the Canadian Armed Forces in a televised interview with the CBC during a ceremony at the National War Memorial on Tuesday. According to the CBC, a number of soldiers and veterans soon called to question his status as a soldier.

A veteran told the Star Gervais had made numerous errors in wearing his uniform and also kept a beard, which soldiers are not normally allowed to do.

Gervais has since been suspended with pay by his employer, Potvin Construction, an Ottawa-area construction company with whom he has worked for 12 years.

Martin Savard, Potvin’s general manager, said on Friday it was “quite a shock” to learn of the allegations and the company is turning to legal and public relations experts to help manage the situation.

Police said investigations are still ongoing.

- With files from Diana Hall and Olivia Carville

Toronto Star

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