Kirstin E. Endemann & Meghan Hurley, Postmedia News | November 15, 2014 6:26 PM ET
Ottawa police announced Saturday afternoon they have charged Franck Gervais, 32, of Cantley, Que., north of Gatineau with impersonating a public officer, misleading use of a badge or uniform, and two other charges in connection with Gervais’s activities at the War Memorial on Remembrance Day.
Gervais, who was interviewed in full military uniform on national television, turned himself in to police Saturday afternoon and was arrested, charged and released on an undertaking to appear in court on Dec. 9.
He also faces to lesser charges.
The investigation continues, police said.
Gervais, who had been laying low since a firestorm erupted over his activities earlier this week, contacted the police to say he would appear at the Elgin Street headquarters before 4 p.m. Friday.
Gervais, who was interviewed wearing a bogus uniform of a Royal Canadian Regiment sergeant with a host of medals and decorations during the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day service at the National War Memorial, works for an Ottawa construction company and lives in a modest home in Cantley, Que., about 40 minutes north of Ottawa.
On Thursday, an SUV with a Support our Troops sticker was parked in the driveway. A woman who answered the door and identified herself as Gervais’s wife declined to talk to the Citizen. The couple, who according to media reports have been receiving death threats, will issue a statement Friday, she said.
A spokesperson for the company, who gave only her first name, Chantal, said Gervais had worked there for about 10 years and was a good employee.
“We don’t really have anything to say because we don’t know what they do on their own time,” she said. “It’s personal.”
Questions about Gervais arose almost immediately after he was interviewed near the war memorial by CBC reporter Diana Swain during live coverage of the Nov. 11 ceremony.
Warrant Officer Michael Womack, an RCR member posted to a training unit at Garrison Wainwright in Alberta, took to social media to spread the word, and the Department of National Defence confirmed they have no record of a Franck Gervais ever serving in the Canadian military.
Among the anomalies Womack spotted were Gervais’s ill-fitting beret, crooked collar insignia, improper tunic buttons, outdated brigade insignia and his rare and hard-to-earn Pathfinders Torch. Gervais wasn’t wearing the red sash that non-commissioned officers wear with their dress uniform, and he wore non-regulation transitional sunglasses and a non-regulation beard.
Gervais also wore a chest full of medals, including the Governor General’s Bravery Medal and one for service in Kosovo.
He bought the RCR insignia on the website Kijiji. The seller, who confirmed to the Citizen that Gervais was the buyer, posted the ad on Nov. 7 offering a “100% authentic” selection of RCR badges and ranks, including a “ninja star” cap badge, shoulder patches and shoulder slip-ons and “beaver” collar dogs. The ad was taken down Thursday morning.
Soldiers are allowed to sell their insignia, Womack said.
It happens. It’s not something I would do, but they’re yours. Everything that got sold to him is purchased by a member when he joins a unit and yes, he can sell it
“It happens. It’s not something I would do, but they’re yours. Everything that got sold to him is purchased by a member when he joins a unit and yes, he can sell it.”
Other photos of Gervais’s Facebook page, since taken down, show him in a dress uniform at what appears to be a wedding. He is shown wearing the insignia of the Regiment de Hull and a 34 Brigade arm flash, sergeant stripes and an NCO’s red sash but over the wrong shoulder. He also is wearing a gold braid called an aiguillette on his right chest, something only an officer is entitled to do.
Womack said that Gervais’s uniform might fool the public, but it would never fool a soldier. He wouldn’t speculate on why Gervais chose to wear a uniform to Remembrance Day.
“My impression [is] he does respect what we do and in his own bizarre way he wants to emulate it. But, sorry, no. It’s wrong.”
Hundreds of comments have poured in since the Citizen’s story about Gervais was published. Readers have described his actions as an insult to the military and raised security concerns about the possibility that someone was posing as a soldier.It is “disgraceful for someone to impersonate a soldier on the day that we honour the real men and woman of this country who fought so that we can have the freedom that we enjoy,” one reader wrote.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the Department of National Defence said members of the Canadian Armed Forces “take great pride in wearing their uniforms” and that posing as a soldier is “a disservice to the proud men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, who earn the right to wear their uniforms for the hard work and sacrifices made for our country.”
It added, however, that it “cannot comment on the specific case as the investigation is ongoing.”
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
The Ottawa Police are a corrupt criminal organization putting on a Facade with this trivial prosecution when they far more very serious Criminals working at the Ottawa Police.
Take Detective Peter Van Der Zander, this low life creep of a rotten cop, FABRICATES EVIDENCE to NOT CHARGE Violent Women.
Van Der Zander's Fabrication of Evidence is not just an offence against the Administration of Justice by Child Abuse.
You see, Rotten Cop Detective Peter Van Der Zander Fabricated evidence to, remove children from the care of a full time father, because "Fathers" are a dirty word in the Ottawa Police, it means abuser and criminal because a parent is born with testicles.
In the Fasscist Minds of the Ottawa Police, women are victims and men are violent thugs who abuse women. The possibility of women abusing men, is not politically correct.
The Ottawa Police run a racket, at a $300 Million Dollar cost of promoting Violence against Fathers. They have a Victim Kicking Unit, where they take turns with the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa in torturing Male Victims of Domestic Violence.
The Ottawa Police Support Child Abuse, and turn deliberate Blind eyes when it comes to prosecuting Females abusing Children.
The Ottawa Police Encourage the Master Race of Ottawa, the Children's Aid Society to Fabricate Evidence and commit Perjury, as long as its to torture a father and children if the children were with a father.
The Ottawa Police are a true Fascist Criminal Organization that promotes terrorism by Police towards Male Victims of Domestic Violence by making it very clear, if you are a male Victim of domestic violence and call the Ottawa Police, you will have your children taken away from you.
More to come about the Corrupt Ottawa Police.
Ottawa Mens Centre
The Ottawa Police Promote the most serious of criminal offences, by their
friends, the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa.
When Sgt. John Gibbons reviewed the statements of CAS lawyer Marguerite Isobel Lewis in transcripts of a motion before Justice Minnema of September 27, 2012, he was outraged "It's Perjury, she lied to the Judge".
While Sgt. Gibbons might have been outraged, no one else in Ottawa was. Not Justice Tim Minemma, like many Superior Court Judges, he previously worked for Ontario's Billion Dollar Unaccountable Criminal Cartel called the Children's Aid Society where its absolutely normal to Fabricate Evidence and habitually commit serious criminal offences against children and the administration of justice and of course, have their "own judges" Rubber Stamp their dirty deeds which is why, Marguerite Isobel Lewis knew she could fabricate evidence in front of this judge and - "get away with it".
One Phone call from another Corrupt CAS Lawyer Tracey Engleking, ended that investigation by Sgt. John Gibbons. According to Gibbons, if the judge didn't do anything about it then no offence was committed, besides, its the Judges responsibility to prosecute criminal offences ... blah blah blah and of course
Tracey Engleking another CAS lawyer, "Obstructs Justice" another very serious criminal offence by seeking and obtaining orders for custody without a hearing to determine Custody to cover up, equally criminal obstruction of Justice by Marguerite Isobel Lewis, Ottawa's "Baby Snatcher" a name she does not deserve, she does not need to physically "snatch babies" she simply Fabricates Evidence in court and or uses the Dr. Mengal of the psychiatric world to engage in torture, child abuse and offences against the administration of Justice.
Ottawa Police are a Criminal Organization that promote Crime, promote child abuse, promote Domestic Violence towards fathers and of course, promote offences against the administration of Justice. at a cost of Billions of dollars.
Who said real crime does not pay.
Ottawa Mens Centre
The Ottawa Police are effectively a Mafia of criminals running a Billion Dollar Crime empire by promoting crime, offences against children, offences against the administration of Justice and when a flea brain wears a uniform he is not legally entitled to, the Ottawa Police charge him simply because it was the Politically Correct thing to do.
Even real criminals are careful not to cross the lines of the Politically Incorrect Crimes according to their own code.
The Ottawa Police have their own Code of Criminality.
It goes like this. First, you seek and obtain all the information you can about almost everyone in Ottawa and reward officers with promotions if they contribute to that data bank, filled with fabrications, exaggerations, complete falsehoods, and comments by anyone that might dislike or like you depending upon your "relationships".
The Ottawa Police encourage Crimes such as Gender Correct Arrests. That
means, that Ottawa Police have a quota, 90% to be precise, of those arrested for
domestic violence have to be Male.
To reach that goal, they must Fabricate Evidence against Full Time Fathers.
Why Full Time Fathers? Well, Fathers is a dirty word in the Ottawa Police, it means you are an automatic abuser, if a "father" has the audacity to call the police because a violent mother tried to strangle him to death, then when the Ottawa Police find him bleeding and bruised, all the officers involved with Fabricate Evidence to "justify" arresting the Father.
Full time fathers are also the cannon fodder, the raw product of the Criminal Cartel called the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa.
Between these two Criminal Organizations, the feed each other work, fabricating for each other and keeping each other busy by committing crimes against humanity, crimes against children, Torture, abuse of process, contempt of court, and when the publicity starts, intimidation.
You can expect to read a lot about this in the near future when the Ottawa Police go nuts further fabricating evidence to hid fabrication of evidence, malicious prosecutions and a host of other criminal offences committed by the Criminal Cartel, called The Ottawa Police.
Ottawa Mens Centre
Lets face it "Franck" has a few screws loose but at least, he does not engage in
the Most Serious of Criminal Offences that you will find committed by the Ottawa
Police on a daily basis.
The Ottawa Police have a lot of influence and nudge nudge wink wink, when they need to do something illegal, than they have "the tools" to do it.
One of them is gaining entry to homes without a warrant, they have a variety of illegal tricks and just to name one, they can well "smell gas" and of course, the Fire Department arrive smash down the door, the fire crew rush in with the police behind as a grand excuse for yet another warrentless search.
The fact that there never was any GAS connected to the residence is of course entirely irrelevant.
But that's ok, NO ONE will ever question their integrity.
Ottawa Mens Centre
Why on earth would a Catholic School Principle Fabricate Evidence and or commit perjury on behalf of the Ottawa Police?
SGT Isobel Granger and Sgt. Norm Friel.
After a Detective Peter Van Der Zander, fabricated evidence to NOT charge one of Ottawa's most violent cases of domestic violence, he collaborated with his partners in crime, the Children's Aid Society, to remove children from the care of the Male victim of domestic violence and knowingly place the children at an obvious risk of harm.
Later, both Sgt. Isobel Granger and Sgt. Norm Friel supposedly investigated Peter Van Der Zander and gave him not just an OK, but promoted him, KNOWING he had engaged in Fabrication of Evidence and, Obstruction of Justice.
The Ottawa Police is like any Criminal Organization, it rewards Criminals and thrives on the business of leaving destroyed lives, undermining the Rule of Law and Terrorizing Society.
Welcome to the Billion Dollar Criminal Cartel
called "The Ottawa Police"
Ottawa Mens Centre
The prosecution of Franck Gervais will turn out to be a farce.