Crooked Social Security disability lawyer Eric Conn of Kentucky has apparently disappeared. This guy has made all other Social Security lawyers look bad for many years. He has admitted to cheating the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars. I hope he’s caught soon.
Here are the opening paragraphs of an article in a Lexington newspaper:
Eric Conn, the flamboyant Eastern Kentucky lawyer who pleaded guilty in March in a $550 million Social Security fraud scheme, has disappeared, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Saturday.
The FBI office in Louisville issued a press release saying Conn had removed his electronic monitoring device in violation of his bond and that authorities didn’t know where he was.
Conn pleaded guilty to stealing from the Social Security Administration and paying bribes to a judge to rubber-stamp disability claims for thousands of his clients. Conn remained free on bond pending his sentencing next month, but a judge had ordered him to be on home detention with electronic monitoring.
Conn faced up to 12 years in prison. He had also been ordered to pay more than $80 million — $5.7 million to repay fraudulent earnings; $46.5 million to the Social Security Administration; and $31 million to the government and two whistleblowers who helped expose his wrongdoing and their attorneys.
After Conn was arrested in April 2016, prosecutors argued he should have to stay in jail pending trial, partly because of the risk that he could flee.
Employees in Conn’s office had heard him say he would flee to Cuba or Ecuador to avoid criminal charges, and Conn had wired substantial sums of money out of the country at times, an FBI agent testified at one hearing.