Covid-19 Hoax on Facebook Gets Texas Man 15 Months in Prison

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A Covid-19 restriction sign hangs outside a HEB supermarket on March 23, 2021 in Austin, Texas.

A Covid-19 restriction sign hangs outside a HEB supermarket in Austin, Texas on March 3, 2021. Photo: Montinique Monroe (Getty Images)

A Texas man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for posting hoax reports on Facebook falsely claiming he paid someone with Covid-19 to lick items at two San Antonio grocery stores US Department of Justice.

The 40-year-old man, identified by prosecutors as Christopher Charles Perez, released his false reports back in April 2020, in the first months of the pandemic, and wanted to discourage people from visiting the stores, according to the Justice Department. The news was spread on Facebook and eventually reported to the FBI.

Perez, also known as Christopher Robin, was convicted on two counts in June 18 USC § 1038which makes it a crime to spread false information and false reports related to biological weapons. In this case, Covid-19 was the ?biological weapon?…

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