A Pennsylvania man was charged with fraud after he allegedly faked a dead sheep to make himself look healthy, according to prosecutors.
The 38-year-old man allegedly tried to sell a $1.3 million dead sheep, which he claims to have rescued from a meat packing facility, to a Pennsylvania farmer in exchange for $2,000, prosecutors said Tuesday.
The dead sheep was not dead, prosecutors wrote in a criminal complaint.
The farmer, who didn’t want to be identified, told ABC News that he purchased the sheep from a butcher at a grocery store in June, but never received it.
The man also told authorities that he never saw the sheep until March when he saw it on Instagram, where it was captioned: “LOL!!!”
The man told ABC affiliate WPXI that he has since taken the dead sheep and brought it to the local animal shelter to be cured.
He has not been charged in connection with the hoax, according with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.
“It’s just a scam.
It’s really stupid.
It just makes no sense,” the man told WPXII.
“This is just a very stupid thing to do.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has been contacted for comment.