The Biden Regime’s Department of Justice has convicted a Texas man for posts made on Facebook. The man was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison because of comedic Facebook posts claiming he paid people sick with COVID-19 to lick grocery store merchandise.
The comedy triggered an investigation that was conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and Weapons of Mass Destruction personnel and ultimately resulted in a conviction. 40-year-old Christopher Charles Perez of San Antonio, Texas received the more than year-long prison sentence, in addition to a $1,000 fine.
His crime consisted of making two Facebook posts claiming he paid a COVID-positive friend to intentionally spread the China-originated virus by licking various items in San Antonio area grocery stores. Screenshots of the posts were sent to authorities at the Southwest Texas Fusion Center, who contacted the FBI, prompting an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force with the help of personnel from the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.
“My homeboys [sic] cousin has covid19 and has licked every thing for past 2 days cause we paid him too [sic],” Perez wrote in one of the posts. “Big difference is we told him not to be these f—— idiots who record and post online. . .YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.”
Perez’s claims that the posts were part of a hoax and that no one with COVID-19 was actually paid to lick anything were verified by investigators, but authorities still charged Perez, who says the jokes were meant to scare fellow Facebook users out of going to the store based on the belief that it would help stop the spread of the virus.
“Trying to scare people with the threat of spreading dangerous diseases is no joking matter,” U.S. Attorney Ashley Hoff said according to a statement issued by the Justice Department. “This office takes seriously threats to harm the community and will prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”
Perez’s conviction and sentencing mark the latest in a series of moves taken by the White House that, using COVID-19 as a pretext, have alarmed free speech and constitutional advocates.
After Surgeon General Vivek Murthy implored social media platforms to censor information on COVID-19 not approved of by the federal government, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told that reporters that the Biden regime is already flagging “problematic” Facebook content, prompting its censorship.
“We are in regular touch with the social media platforms and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 team,” Psaki said. “[…]This is a big issue, of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic.”