Several in eastern Ky. to have disability payments suspended

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys say federal officials have sent notices that they intend to suspend payments for some clients of an eastern Kentucky disability lawyer, citing suspected fraud.

Media report hundreds of people who were represented by disability lawyer Eric C. Conn could be affected.

A report released in 2013 by congressional investigators accused Conn of scheming with a judge to improperly approve more than 1,800 cases from 2006 to 2010. Conn has not been charged and has denied the allegations.

His attorney, J. Kent Wicker, told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Tuesday that an investigation had concluded "without any finding of fraud or other misconduct."

Attorney Mark Wohlander, who was consulted about the disability notices, says the loss of Social Security benefits could cause serious hardships for some families.


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