Chatter: Eastern Kentucky attorney Eric Conn charged with fraud
04/05/2016 02:20 PM
Infamous Eastern Kentucky disability lawyer Eric Conn, and two others have been charged with defrauding the federal government in an indictment handed down on Tuesday.
The story first appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader who along with other outlets and a U.S. Senate investigation have been following the issue for several years.
Conn, social security appeals judge David Daugherty and psychologist Dr. Alfred Bradley Adkins are named in the in indictment. In total 18 counts are handed down to the trio and range in prison time from five to 20-years and include hefty fines and potential restitution.
Television news magazine 60 Minutes covered the U.S. Senate investigation and even traveled to Conn’s Floyd County law practice to confront the flamboyant attorney over the allegations in 2013, at the time Conn declined an interview.
In 2015, the federal government moved to strike nearly 1,000 people connected to Conn in the Eastern Kentucky region from the disability roles.
The payments had been suspended as the Social Security Administration suspected fraud on behalf of the Floyd County attorney. Those payments were restored after U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, intervened on behalf of hundreds of disability patients.
The individuals and families in question will still go before judge to support their disability claims. At the time, Rogers said it wasn’t right for the payments to be cut off without a court hearing.
“We are all determined to bring fraud to a rapid conclusion and if it exists, it needs to be handled appropriately,” Rogers said in June of 2015. “But, this is the American way; you are innocent until you are proven guilty. Now our people will be able to pay bills and purchase the everyday items they need while they await the hearing they deserve.”
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