Women charged for calling in fake terrorist plot

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Hank Daniszewski, Reuters

, Last Updated: 10:13 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. - Two Ontario women are charged after the Mounties say a tip about a terrorist threat on an airplane turned out to be a hoax.

Darlton Graham, 52, of London and Marjorie Chamberlain, 54, of Brantford were charged Tuesday with creating a terrorist hoax and public mischief.

"The hoax was an anonymous phone call placed to police about an individual allegedly planning to carry out a terrorist attack on a Canadian flight," said RCMP Sgt Richard Rollings.

Rolling said the individual identified in the call as a terrorist was an adult male from Edmonton.

RCMP security teams based in Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton began investigating on Jan. 22 and determined the tip was a hoax. The London, Brantford and Edmonton police forces were also involved in the investigation.

Rollings wouldn't say which airline or flight was targeted, but said there was no disruption to airport operations.

"It definitely tied up a lot of resources and took a lot of investigation effort to determine it was a hoax," he said.

Rolling declined to comment on the relationship between the accused and the Edmonton man or why two middle-aged women might be involved in a hoax.

"It's definitely unusual," he said.

Graham and Chamberlain are scheduled to appear in court in London March 18.

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