A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for dishonestly saying that he paid someone infected with COVID-19 lick grocery store items in the San Antonio, Texas, area.
Christopher Charles Perez was found guilty of two counts of conveying false information and hoaxes related to biological weapons, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Perez posted the false claim to Facebook in April 2020, which was then reported to the FBI.
The case was investigated by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and Weapons of Mass Destruction personnel.
Perez posted: “My homeboy's cousin has covid19 and has licked everything for past 2 days cause we paid him too [sic]. Big difference is we told him not to be these f—— idiots who record and post online. . .YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!!”
“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,” said FBI San Antonio Division Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, according to the DOJ statement.
Perez will be required to pay a $1,000 fine.