WANTED: Disability attorney disappears after scamming U.S. out of $600M

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He used to be known as “Mr. Social Security,” but today Kentucky disability attorney Eric Conn is known to be wanted by police, because he owes the the federal government millions after fraudulently building up one of the most lucrative disability firms in the country.

Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing $600 million from the federal government and bribing a judge and a doctor. Good lawyer that he is, Conn was able to secure a plea deal in which he agreed to pay the federal government $5.7 million and reimburse Social Security $46 million. He was also on the hook for $12 million in damages and $19 million in penalties to the government and two former Social Security employees who tried to expose his scam. In addition to all that, a class action lawsuit brought on by his former clients, which is scheduled for later this month, will likely result in more liability payments.

Conn’s scam resulted in a government review of the eligibility of about 1,500 people receiving benefits. More than half of them were found to be frauds.  So, it’s a wonder how the man was permitted to be out on bond.

According to David Habich, general counsel for the FBI’s Louisville office, on Saturday, Conn ditched his electronic monitoring device and is now wanted by police, who say his “whereabouts are currently unknown.”

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