CANADA - A man faces criminal charges for allegedly impersonating a firefighter for 10 years.
Benoit Gagnon, 41, was reported by one of his own family members
after allegedly fooling officials in this city north of Montreal since
The indictment alleges Gagnon defrauded the city of more than $5,000
"in money, benefits or a job" between October 2005 and this past January
"by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means."
The city says Gagnon handed in a bogus CV, school transcripts and diplomas.
However, the firefighters union is defending Gagnon.
President Claude Carier even praised Gagnon's skills.
"He was an above-average firefighter," Carier said. "He was always
close to the people, always ready to give the best of himself."
Carier said Gagnon knows how to handle fire equipment and even helped new recruits.
Gagnon is suspended without pay pending court proceedings and is scheduled to return to court next week.