'Knucklehead' Accused of Coughing on Grocery Worker

Henrietta Strickland
March 25, 2020

The New Jersey Bureau of Securities has issued an emergency order Tuesday allowing New Jersey residents registered as financial professionals in other states - such as NY - but not in New Jersey "to temporarily conduct activities with, or on behalf of, existing customers or clients from their homes or temporary offices in New Jersey", according to a press release jointly issued by the bureau with the office of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Falcone faces terroristic threat charges, as well as obstructing administration of law and harassment charges. At this point, it is alleged that Falcone leaned towards the woman and deliberately coughed on her before laughing, telling her he had coronavirus.

A Manalapan Police Department detective who was working security approached Falcone.

Falcone also told two other employees they are "lucky to have jobs".

Falcone then allegedly laughed at the employee and said he was infected with coronavirus.

Falcone, of Freehold, didn't return a request for comment Tuesday night.

Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Governor, in a news conference said there were "knuckleheads out there" and that law enforcement was taking action against "egregious" behavior as the state locks down in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Once Falcone was charged, Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni explained, "Exploiting people's fears and creating panic during a pandemic emergency is reprehensible". The most serious charge, terroristic threats, carries a punishment of up to five years, and a $15,000 fine.

Authorities also charged Falcone with harassment and obstruction of justice.

Nationwide, the coronavirus, which broke out late previous year in Wuhan, China, has infected almost 50,000 people and killed 640, with more than a quarter of the deaths in NY state.

Grewal added, "These are extremely hard times in which all of us are called upon to be considerate of each other - not to engage in intimidation and spread fear, as alleged in this case".

New Jersey has at least 3,675 confirmed cases and 44 people have died, the newspaper writes.

As similar coughing incident unfolded in Pennsylvania last week.

The opening reported that Pfister was once charged with a terroristic danger in the second one stage. They allege that Tabussi mocked the man for wearing a mask and told him that he was infected with the coronavirus.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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