Kentucky Lawyer Captured in Honduras Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Escape Charges

Fugitive Eric Conn Guilty of $550M Social Security Fraud Nabbed After Signing Onto the Internet

Fugitive Eric Conn Guilty of $550M Social Security Fraud Nabbed After Signing Onto the Internet

He was sentenced in absentia in July to 12 years in prison for bribing an administrative law judge, obligating the government to pay more than $550 million in lifetime disability payments.

He is expected to be extradited back to the US on Tuesday. While almost a dozen law enforcement agencies searched for the fugitive, he was sentenced in absentia last summer to a 12-year prison term - the maximum possible.

"They were extremely gratified that he was caught.from the standpoint of he's finally going to face the music", attorney Mark Wohlander said. Since Conn's escape, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has worked diligently with U.S. Probation, the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the SSA-OIG, the Kentucky State Police, Lexington Police, Pikeville Police, University of Kentucky Police, and the Luna County (New Mexico) Sheriff's Office to locate and apprehend him.

After his arrest in Honduras, lawyer who... "He let people like my husband have trust in him, and he let that down".

Conn fled on June 2 when he cut off his electronic ankle monitor.

Conn's attorney entered a not guilty plea to escape and failure to appear charges that were outlined in an indictment unsealed while Conn was still missing.

Conn was famous in Kentucky, where he ran the state's biggest Social Security law firm. Conn is also charged with one count of escape and one count of failing to appear. But his empire crumbled when authorities discovered he had been bribing a doctor and judge to approve disability claims based on fake medical evidence.

But for hundreds of families in Eastern Kentucky and in West Virginia, the painful legacy of Conn's scam will linger for years. Timothy Dye went on disability for chronic arthritis after working decades in coal mines.

Through his attorney, Conn pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

"We look at his arrest as a game-changer", Pillersdorf said. Pillersdorf said those hearings are almost complete, and about 700 have been found eligible to maintain the benefits.