Sentencing today for fake Remembrance Day soldier

Franck Gervais pleaded guilty in March to the allegations

OTTAWA – A Quebec resident who pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully wearing a military uniform and medals is scheduled to be sentenced today in an Ottawa courtroom.

Franck Gervais pleaded guilty in March to the allegations.

But additional charges of impersonating a soldier are expected to be withdrawn at his sentencing hearing.

Gervais came into the spotlight last November when he appeared in a televised interview on Remembrance Day wearing a Canadian Armed Forces dress uniform.

He also wore a number of decorations including medals for bravery, special service and peacekeeping.

Members of the Canadian Forces quickly came forward after noticing problems with the way Gervais was dressed and the medals he was wearing, and a police investigation was launched.

Investigators discovered that Gervais, from Cantley, Que., had never been employed by the Canadian military.

Gervais’ lawyer, Claude Levesque, has said his client regrets his actions and meant no disrespect to military members.

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