Disability lawyer Eric Conn arrested on federal charges
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – An eastern Kentucky disability lawyer who years ago had been accused by a Congressional committee of committing fraud has been arrested on federal charges.
WSAZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1TyPUTG) reports that Eric Conn was jailed Monday night in the Pike County Detention Center and is being held for U.S. Marshals. Conn is facing numerous charges, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.
In 2013, a Senate committee staff found that Conn and a judge had colluded to approve hundreds of clients for disability benefits using manufactured medical evidence from physicians.
The 54-year-old attorney has denied the allegations and had never been charged.
In May 2015, the Social Security Administration abruptly suspended disability payments to 900 of his clients, prompting multiple lawsuits to be filed against the agency.
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