Coronavirus: NC man arrested after claiming to have COVID-19 during Facebook Live inside Walmart

ALBEMARLE, N.C. — A video of a North Carolina man claiming he had COVID-19 and touching things in a local store was circulating on Facebook. He is now facing charges.

Albermarle police arrested Justin M. Rhodes on Friday and charged him with felony perpetrating a hoax in a public building and disorderly conduct, WSOC-TV reported.

Officers said Rhodes did a Facebook Live video from inside the Albermarle Walmart on Wednesday saying he had the virus.

Police said he didn’t have the coronavirus, and his claims were a hoax.

Rhodes received a bail set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear in court March 30.

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