In April 2021 Christopher Charles Perez (40) of San Antonio, Texas posted the following warning to Facebook:
"PSA!! Yo rt GROCERY STOREMERCADO!! My homeboys cousin has covid19 and has licked every thing for past 2 days case we paid him too," Perez wrote. "YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!! GROCERY STORE on nogalitos next ;)."
Perez is going to prison for the stunt. A press release from the United States Attorney's Office said, "Evidence presented during trial revealed that Perez posted two threatening messages on Facebook in which he claimed to have paid someone who was infected with COVID-19 to lick items at grocery stores in the San Antonio area to scare people away from visiting the stores."
They determined the threat was false. "Perez did not pay someone to intentionally spread coronavirus at grocery stores, according to investigators and Perez's own admissions," the release stated.
He's been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.