Lawyer accused in massive disability scheme to be released

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Eric C. Conn, the lawyer accused of conspiring to defraud the government of $600 million in questionable federal disability payments, will be released to home incarceration to await trial.

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Conn released on a $1.25 million bond, secured by his sprawling Pikeville home. Conn was ordered to wear a GPS tracker, surrender his passport and avoid contact with others involved.

Conn, a former judge and a doctor were charged in an 18-count indictment last week, alleging they schemed to secure false claims for Conn’s clients, enriching themselves along the way.

Prosecutors argued Conn might try to flee the country if released. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Weir said at Tuesday’s hearing he “wrestled” with whether to release him. Conn told the judge “your trust is not misplaced.”


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