23 year-old man arrested for 'lying' about having coronavirus for 'Facebook experiment'

A man has been arrested and charged with pretending to have coronavirus after claiming he tested positive on Facebook.

Michael Lane Brandin turned himself into Tyler County Police after his post was reported multiple times to officers and they launched an investigation.

The 23-year-old  told police he had lied that he had the killer bug as part of a "social experiment" to show you should not believe everything you read online.

He was charged with false alarm and report and a bond of $1,000 was set.

According to KJAS-TV, District Attorney Lucas Babin said that Brandin's actions could have caused mass panic and clog up phonelines at Woodville's Tyler County hospital. The station also said Mr Babin believes Brandin did it to shock people and draw attention to himself.

The news comes after President Donald Trump unveiled plans to turn ships moored off the US coast into makeshift hospitals to tackle covid-19 which has killed 150 people across the US.

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