Ottawa police charge Cantley man with impersonating a soldier
Ottawa police have charged 32-year-old Franck Gervais with several offences following claims he impersonated a Canadian soldier at this week's Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa.
Ottawa police say following an investigation, the Cantley, Quebec man has been charged with impersonating a public officer, misleading use of a badge or uniform, unlawful use of military uniforms, and unlawful use of military decoration.
Gervais was arrested, charged, and released on a promise to appear in court on December 9th.
Gervais made national headlines after he was interviewed during the CBC’s live Remembrance Day coverage at the National War Memorial.
He was in full, but flawed, military uniform, wearing several medals and badges, and identifying himself as “Sergeant Franck Gervais.”
Veterans and soldiers pointed out he wasn’t dressed properly, and the department of National Defence said it has no record of anyone by that name.
The investigation is ongoing.