TEXAS is a state in the United States that is located in the Southwest. A San Antonio man was sentenced to 15 months in jail today for staging a COVID-19 fraud in April 2020.
A federal jury found Christopher Charles Perez, aka Christopher Robbins, 40, guilty of two counts of false information and hoaxes relating to biological weapons, according to court records.
Perez allegedly posted two threatening comments on Facebook in which he claimed to have paid someone infected with COVID-19 to lick things at grocery stores in the San Antonio region in order to scare people away from shopping there.
Also to the sentence, Mr Perez was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
“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. “Perez’s actions were knowingly designed to spread fear and panic and today’s sentencing illustrates the seriousness of this crime. The FBI would like to thank our law enforcement partners for their help in this case.”
“Trying to scare people with the threat of spreading dangerous diseases is no joking matter,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “This office takes seriously threats to harm the community and will prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, along with Weapons of Mass Destructing personnel, conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys William R. Harris, Kelly Stephenson and Mark Roomberg prosecuted the case.