Christopher Charles Perez of (*15*)Texas was sentenced to over a yr in jail after falsely claiming he paid somebody with (*15*)COVID-19 to lick gadgets in a grocery retailer.
The 40-year-old man was charged with two counts of false data and hoaxes associated to organic weapons, (*15*)Advanced reported. Perez made two Fb posts final yr attempting to scare folks within the (*15*)San Antonio space.
“My homeboys cousin has covid19 and has licked everything for past two days cause we paid him too,” the message learn, the New York Occasions stories. “YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.”
Customers despatched screenshots to the (*15*)FBI, which launched an investigation into the matter. It was confirmed his claims have been faux, however he was nonetheless penalized. On prime of the jail time, Perez has to pay a $1,000 nice.
“Those who would threaten to use COVID-19 as a weapon against others will be held accountable for their actions, even if the threat was a hoax,” Christopher Combs, FBI San Antonio Division Particular Agent in Cost, mentioned. “Perez’s actions were knowingly designed to spread fear and panic and today’s sentencing illustrates the seriousness of this crime.”
An analogous incident occurred in London. A person was arrested after he was accused of visiting three totally different supermarkets and “injected foodstuffs with a number of needles.”
Authorities believed he solely tampered with processed meat and microwaveable merchandise. Nevertheless, clients have been suggested to throw away something they purchased when the person visited the shops: processed meat and microwaveable merchandise. Nevertheless, clients have been suggested to throw away something they bought when the suspect visited the shops.