A change of plea hearing for a Connecticut woman charged with participating in a "gifting tables" pyramid scheme has been canceled.
Bettejane Hopkins of Essex had been scheduled to appear Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford, but court records indicate the hearing was canceled. A message left Wednesday with her attorney was not immediately returned.
No new date has been scheduled.
Hopkins and two other women pleaded not guilty in May to charges including wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
To join a gifting table, authorities say new participants must pay a $5,000 gift to the person occupying the "dessert" position at the top of the pyramid. Participants move through the pyramid from the bottom row, called "appetizers," to the top by recruiting additional women to join.
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