A plea agreement was reached recently in the case of the United States of America vs Robin Hooper, owner of the former Williams Wharf Oyster Company in Mathews.
Hooper, who expressed her intent to plead guilty last month, has now been found guilty of one count of Willful Failure to Account For and Pay Over Tax, in violation of 26 U.S.C. 7202. She is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. in the U.S. District Court in Norfolk. She faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, full restitution, a special assessment, and a maximum supervised release term of three years in addition to any prison time assigned.
Initially, Hooper was indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of wire fraud, six counts of concealment money laundering, and one count of “engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.” The counts were associated with business dealings Hooper engaged in as the owner of Williams Wharf Oyster ...
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