Qld man charged with impersonating AFP officer

A Queensland man will appear in court today accused of impersonating an Australian Federal Police officer.

It will be alleged the man pulled over a motorist on the Gateway Motorway at Tingalpa back in February and used a fake police badge to tell the man he would be facing court action.

The man became suspicious and reported the incident to the AFP.


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Following investigations, officers attended the 41-year-old man’s home in Tingalpa and charged him with one count of impersonating a Commonwealth Public Official.

AFP Acting Commander Helen Schneider said the charges were a reminder of the seriousness of the alleged offences.

“Impersonating Commonwealth officials and the potential misuse of fake police identification is something we take very seriously, which is reflected in our investigation of the alleged incident,” she said.

“Falsely representing yourself as any kind of law enforcement or Commonwealth official is a genuine danger to public safety. Incidents like this will be investigated by police, and people convicted of these offences could face time in prison.”

The man faces a maximum penalty of two years jail.