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Winnipeg man charged with impersonating RCMP officer

The 59-year-old was pretending to be a member of the force's scuba team.

Members of the RCMP march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 5, 2013.

Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press

Members of the RCMP march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 5, 2013.

Police have arrested a 59-year-old Winnipeg man for allegedly pretending to be an RCMP officer online.

In a press release, Winnipeg police say Thomas David Hanaway used social media to contact police and scuba diver groups in March, under the guise that he was an experienced member of the RCMP's dive team.

Police arrested Hanaway in the 500 block of Manitoba Avenue on Wednesday. He was detained in custody and faces charges of personating a peace officer and failing to comply with a probation order.

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