In early 2016, Adult Protective Services workers at the Wise County Department of Social Services received information about potential financial exploitation of a senior or incapacitated adult. During their investigation, it was discovered that Amy Lynn Hopson had used an elderly individual's identity to open credit cards and make purchases in excess of $10,000. Adult protective services then contacted the Wise County Sheriff's Office for further investigation. Hopson confessed her crimes to investigators.
The case was successfully brought to a conclusion through the efforts of Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp and assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Ken Lammers.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "Last month, we formed the Southwest Virginia Senior Abuse Task Force to combat the abuse and financial exploitation of our region's most vulnerable citizens. Financial exploitation of seniors is far too common and unfortunately the number of these crimes is significantly underreported. Roughly five million people across the country are affected by elder abuse annually, but only one in twenty-four cases are actually reported to police. Not only are these cases underreported, the circumstances make them difficult to prosecute."
Slemp continued, "The collaboration of our task force is working and this case is an example of that effort. We are thankful for the partnership of Adult Protective Service Workers and the law enforcement community in taking steps to protect seniors. My office will continue to vigorously prosecute crimes against seniors and those who seek to do them harm."
Slemp expressed his appreciation for the diligent efforts made to investigate and prosecute this case, specifically Adult Protective Services representative Garland Cornett and Wise County Sheriff's Office Investigator Duane Phillips.
Hopson's guilty plea comes just one week before she was scheduled to face a jury on these charges.