Eric Conn, a Kentucky disability attorney, had disappeared after stealing $600 million from the federal government.
He was ordered to pay back tens of millions of dollars and his sentencing was scheduled for next month. Her was supposed to pay back the federal government $5.7 million, Social Security $46 million as well as $12 million in damages and $19 million in penalties.
Two government employees who tried to expose his scheme also were due to receive money in the settlement.
According to the FBI, his “whereabouts are currently unknown.”
Conn was known as “Mr. Social Security,” due to his outlandish TV commercials which helped built an empire on getting people disability claims. Unfortunately, in order to make his claims go through, he has been bribing a doctor and a judge to approve claims based on fake evidence.
There were approximately 1.5k people who were receiving benefits because of his scandal. More than half of these people lost their benefits once they were properly investigated.
A Kentucky disability attorney who stole $600 million from the federal government has disappeared, the FBI said. Eric Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge. He was ordered to pay back tens of millions of dollars. His sentencing was scheduled for next month. The FBI said Saturday that Conn violated the conditions of his bond by removing his electronic monitoring device which prompted the U.S. District Court to issue a warrant for his arrest. General counsel for the FBI’s Louisville office, David Habich, said that Conn’s “whereabouts are currently unknown.” Conn started his practice in 1993 and has since built one of the most lucrative disability firms in the country. Known as “Mr. Social Security,” Conn built a persona for himself using outlandish TV commercials.