Coronavirus Facebook Live video at NC Walmart leads to arrest for perpetrating hoax

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North Carolina police say a man has been arrested and charged with filming a Facebook Live video at a Walmart in which he lied about having the coronavirus.

Justin Rhodes was charged with felony perpetrating hoax in a public building and disorderly conduct, Albemarle police said.

Rhodes shot the video at the Walmart in Albemarle Wednesday, WRAL-TV reported. He was arrested Friday.

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Mugshot for Justin Rhodes

Mugshot for Justin Rhodes (Albemarle Police Department in North Carolina)

“Definitely tested positive for coronavirus," Rhodes is seen saying in the video aired by the station. "Definitely was asked to self-quarantine for 14 to 21 days.”

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"My throats a little scratchy, but other than that I'm not coughing."

He continued to talk and as you can imagine was freaking out a lot of people, the station reported.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Albermarle police said they had verified with Stanly County health officials that no one in the county had tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Rhodes received a $10,000 bond. He has a March 30 court date.