As former Ravens player Mike Flynnwatched with his wife in a Towson courtroom, a judge gave a suspended five-year prison sentence Thursday to a Pikesvillewoman accused of obtaining $10,000 from the ex-offensive lineman by falsely claiming to need treatment for terminal cancer.
Lisa Hoppenstein Cohen, 41, the wife of a chiropractor and the mother of two, was also given three years of supervised probation and must repay the Flynns. She began that process outside the courtroom, doling out $2,000 in cash to Flynn, who then counted it. Cohen was ordered to pay the rest of the money before the conclusion of her probation.
"This is a mother who would stand in front of a child and lie about needing a bone-marrow transplant," Mary Flynn, the former Raven's wife, told Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II. She said Cohen, a neighbor, had befriended her and sometimes helped out with Flynn's own two children — one of them now 4 years old, the other 20 months — which helped the women bond.
With the benefit of hindsight, Flynn said, "I know for a fact that this was a professional hit," a deliberate attempt to take advantage of their "celebrity status."
When asked by the judge whether she wished to address the court, Cohen apologized to the Flynns and blamed her behavior on "alcohol, pills and cocaine." She said she has been clean for 14 months with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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