Lawsuit filed over suspension of disability benefits

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed to stop the Social Security Administration from suspending disability benefits for some people in eastern Kentucky.

Social Security Administration spokeswoman LaVenia J. LaVelle said the agency is re-determining benefits for 1,500 people who were represented by attorney Eric C. Conn, citing suspected fraud. She said benefits were being suspended for about 900 people.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( reports the lawsuit was filed Saturday on behalf of two people, but seeks class-action status.

A 2013 report by congressional investigators accused Conn of scheming with a West Virginia judge to improperly approve disability cases.

Conn’s attorney, J. Kent Wicker, has told the newspaper that an investigation concluded "without any finding of fraud or other misconduct."

The newspaper reports a response from the Social Security Administration wasn’t immediately available.

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