81 Year Old TN Woman Heading 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

Mary L. Hopson was sentenced on March 25, 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 District Court Judge William J. 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.

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 will be sentenced April 22.