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Calgary police charge man claiming to be veteran

Last Updated Jul 22, 2021 at 9:16 am MDT

Calgary Police Service's headquarters building in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – Calgary police have charged a man with firearms offences after they say he was posing as an ex-military member.

CPS got a report in May that a man was operating a firearms, survival, and women’s self-defence training company out of his home in southeast Calgary.

Police say he didn’t have the proper documentation for the weapons he had and was not a veteran despite claims he was.

Officers believe he created fake army documents and lied his way into law enforcement support groups.

The 35-year-old man’s home was searched earlier this month and weapons and fake documents were seized.

He’s facing over a dozen charges, including unlawful use of military uniforms or certificates; possession of a firearm while unauthorized; careless use, storage, handling and transportation of a firearm; possession of stolen property under $5,000; and possession of body armour without a valid permit.

He was also charged under the Traffic Safety Act, including driving while unauthorized, driving without registration, and driving while uninsured.

The investigation is still ongoing and police are still trying to figure out the man went to such lengths to appear like he was a veteran.

Police also say more charges could be laid.