This week, it was announced that a former fugitive and social security disability lawyer had been sentenced to 15 years in prison. The sentence is linked to the defendant’s role in retaliating against an informant and fleeing from the United States. The sentence will run consecutive to the 12 years previously imposed on the defendant for his role in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration of more than $550 million.
58-year-old Eric Christopher Conn of Pikeville, Kentucky was sentenced and ordered to pay $72,574,60 in restitution. The defendant was convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United states, one count of conspiracy to escape, and one count of conspiracy to retaliate against an information on June 4. The defendant attempted to orchestrate a $550 million social security fraud scheme before fleeing to Honduras.
According to the defendant’s June 2018 plea, he participated in a scheme with former Social Security Administration law judge, David Black Daugherty, as well as multiple doctors, including Alfred Bradley Adkins, from October 2004 to December 2017. The group submitted thousands of falsified documents to the SSA in hopes of fraudulently acquiring disability benefits of more than $550 million for thousands of individuals. Further details have been made available here.