Federal Bureau of Investigation escorting Kentucky fugitive from Honduras

Lloyd Doyle
December 7, 2017

In absentia, a judge sentenced him to the maximum punishment of 12 years in prison.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, persuaded the SSA to restore payments pending the reviews but hundreds have had to endure the ordeal of trying to rebuild medical records from years ago (many of which Conn destroyed) for their reviews. Although Conn began serving his 12-year sentence, he remains charged under the original indictment.

White said he does not know how long Conn was in Honduras or whether he'd taken refuge anywhere else.

"He's obviously sad that he's back here in the sense of having to deal with this stuff that he thought he had put behind him", White said.

Fugitive Eric Conn, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to defrauding Social Security for half a billion dollars, couldn't resist signing onto the internet while on the lam in Honduras.

Ned Pillersdorf, an attorney representing many of Conn's former clients, has said Conn caused a "true humanitarian crisis". "He let people like my husband have trust in him, and he let that down".

On June 2, while traveling to Lexington to meet his lawyers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleges that a co-conspirator helped Conn make a run for it. Documents say that Conn cut off his ankle bracelet and placed it into a bag lined with foil to block the signal.

Conn is the flamboyant former attorney who pleaded guilty in March to cheating the Social Security Administration out of millions by falsifying disability claims but fled the country while awaiting sentencing on home detention.

Conn, who started his law practice in a trailer in 1993, had portrayed himself as "Mr".

Among his former clients in the impoverished coalfields of eastern Kentucky and West Virginia are many people with legitimate disabilities. Timothy Dye went on disability for chronic arthritis after working decades in coal mines. It's just been nothing but pain and struggle and worries.

After pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy, mail and wire fraud and making false statements, Conn agreed to testify against other indicted members of the corrupt ring, according to federal agents.

"We look at his arrest as a game-changer", Pillersdorf said.

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