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Charges Filed Against Gibson County Woman for 'Abduction Hoax'

Charges are being filed against Gibson County woman Hannah Potts and two others for allegedly planning and executing an abduction hoax on July 26, 2020.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 1:38 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2020 12:10 PM

Gibson County Prosecutor Michael Cochren says he's filed False Informing charges against Hannah Potts and two others for planning and executing an abduction hoax on July 26, 2020. 

According to Cochren, Potts, with the assistance of Joshua M. Thomas and Maria S. Hopper, urged that law enforcement be notified after posting onto social media that she had been abducted. 

Thomas and Hopper allegedly assisted in hiding Potts - and according to Prosecutor Cochren, were untruthful when confronted by law enforcement concerning her whereabouts. 

Ultimately, Potts was found at Thomas' and Hopper's residence in Gibson County. 

“Ms. Potts' actions are criminal in nature," said Prosecutor Cochren. "She had many people in her family and community worried sick over her personal health and safety." 

"Further, she risked involving innocent individuals by giving a false description of the alleged abductor," Cochren went on to say. 

"Finally, the number of hours spent by multiple law enforcement agencies in this time of limited resources is simply not recoverable. This callous disregard for others simply will not be tolerated," Cochren concluded.

Potts, Hopper, and Thomas all face a class A misdemeanor - which is the most severe class of misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

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