POLITICS

Franck Gervais, Remembrance Day 'Sergeant,' Investigated By Ottawa Police

11/13/2014 12:57 EST | Updated 01/13/2015 05:59 EST
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Ottawa police have launched an official investigation into a man who claimed to be a decorated soldier during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial.

The investigation of Franck Gervais was launched Thursday following "multiple complaints" from the public, police said, adding that many leads are being pursued.

The Department of National Defence has confirmed that Gervais, who claimed to be a decorated soldier on Tuesday, is not a member of the Canadian Forces.

A number of veterans and current soldiers complained after seeing Gervais on CBC's special broadcast of the Remembrance Day ceremony Tuesday.

Sec. 419 of the Criminal Code of Canada makes it illegal to falsely impersonate a member of the Canadian Forces.

"Such activities are a disservice to the proud men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, who earn the right to wear their uniforms through their hard work and the sacrifices they make for our country," a spokesperson for the Defence department said in a statement Wednesday.

No charges have been laid against Gervais.

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CBC News attempted to speak with Gervais and his wife at their home in west Quebec. The couple refused an interview.