Australian woman charged over fake coup plot

Sydney: Australian police on Friday said they had charged a woman for her alleged role in a coup hoax that featured a fake recording of the police chief calling for the government to be toppled.

Earlier this year, a 43-minute audio clip circulated purporting to feature the Australian Federal Police commissioner calling for recruits to help "overthrow the government."

Australian police said the recording is fake and have arrested two people, a man in Western Australia and now a 49-year-old woman in South Australia.

The Australian woman -- who was not named -- has been charged with impersonating a police officer and helping secure a shipment of over 400 fake federal police badges from an overseas manufacturer. The audio recording features a list of conspiracy-filled grievances against Australia’s Covid-19 restrictions and vaccinations, and has been seen more than 100,000 times. - AFP