Wednesday, March 30, 2011

81-Year-Old Cookeville Woman Sent To Prison

A federal judge in Nashville has sentenced an 81-year-old Cookeville woman to three years in prison on her guilty plea to an online fraud scheme.  Court officials say Mary L. Hopson was sentenced after an appearance this month before federal District Court Judge William J. Haynes.  She was also ordered to pay more than $64,000 in restitution and given three years of supervised release following her prison term. U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin says Haynes rejected the argument by Hopson's lawyer that the propensity to commit crimes decreases with age, noting that Hopson wasn't accused of a crime before she was 64 years old. The government said Hopson and her son John Hopson offered cutlery through online auction sites and then used customers' credit card accounts for their own purchases and never sent the ordered merchandise. John Hopson is scheduled be sentenced April 22.