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A Winnipeg man who has been impersonating cops since 1982 is accused of being back at it.

RCMP executed a search warrant Wednesday at the man home after receiving multiple complaints from across North America about someone claiming to be an officer using social media inappropriately.

Thomas Hanaway, 58, is accused of creating social media and forum accounts using the name of an active Manitoba police officer. He is presumed innocent.

Hanaway was arrested at his Winnipeg home and charged with three counts of personating a police officer and three counts of failure to comply with a probation order.

RCMP say the very face that someone claiming to be a cop online should be a red flag real police would not use their personal social media accounts to conduct investigations.

Hanaway appeared in a Winnipeg courtroom Thursday morning.

He been out since 2012 but has been jailed several times for personating police officers.

In 2012, Hanaway blamed his police fakery on self esteem issues. At that time he was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to three counts of impersonating a police and one count of breaching a court order he not access Facebook and other social networking sites.

Hanaway, whose first police impersonation conviction dates back to 1982, was also placed on three years of probation and barred from using computers or accessing the Internet over that time. In 2011, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail after turning up at crime scenes dressed as an RCMP officer.
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