Judge Orders Woman To Repay $10K In Cancer Scam

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A woman accused of getting $10,000 from former Baltimore Ravens player Mike Flynn by falsely claiming she had terminal cancer has been ordered to repay the money and given a suspended five-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors say Lisa Hoppenstein Cohen, 41, had told friends and acquaintances she had terminal cancer and needed the money to pay for medical treatment. Flynn was an offensive lineman who left the Ravens in 2008. The Baltimore Sun reports that Cohen apologized to the Flynns in court and outside paid the former player $2,000 in cash.

She has been ordered to pay the rest of the money before the end of her three years of supervised probation, which she was also given on Thursday. Cohen blamed her behavior on alcohol, pills and cocaine.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • pigeon

    Here we go with the damn “suspended sentence” again. She was to do 5 years! Now only has 3 yrs. of “supervised” probation (that’s a laugh) and pay back rest of the $10,000.
    Alcohol, pills & cocaine to blame! So, during her “supervised” probation does she have to pass “tests”. If she fails does she get thrown in the slammer?

  • pigeon

    This is the 2nd time she’s been in front of the same judge. In early 2010 “Turnbull gave her a six-month suspended sentence, plus 18 months of supervised probation”. So she’s on probation already (hit car 2 times in parking lot – alcohol level sky high) – so why doesn’t this most recent finding have an adverse affect on the prior probation. If she was just a “plain Jane” her butt would be behind bars, at least for 6 months. Yeap, not only who you are but who you know. Just not fair – but Justice is blind!

  • williejoe

    Judge Turnbull should serve her sentence if he has no balls.

  • Leah C

    This woman should also have been ordered to X amount of hours volunteering with the American Cancer Society- working with patients. Let her see what REAL cancer patients go through, those who don’t fake their diagnosis!

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