The Social Security disability system has enough funding problems without lawyers or claimants committing fraud in order to obtain benefits. Finally, after years of scrutiny, a lawyer in Kentucky has pleaded guilty to defrauding the government. Good riddance. Fortunately, such lawyers are rare, but the ones who are out there give the rest of us a bad name.
Here are excerpts from an article in the Courier-Journal newspaper:
Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington to stealing from the Social Security Administration and bribing a federal judge. The man who lived in a palatial eastern Kentucky home and was a frequent world traveler faces up to 12 years in prison at his July 14 sentencing.
Federal prosecutors claimed Conn raked in millions of dollars by paying a doctor and a judge to rubber-stamp false disability claims using phony medical evidence.
Conn, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money and one count of payment of gratuities.