Kentucky Social Security Administration (SSA) disability attorney Eric Conn is still on the run. He’s apparently changed his appearance somewhat according to the latest Wanted By The FBI poster, having shaven his head and he also appears to have lost weight. Just prior to sentencing, Conn cut off his ankle bracelet and fled the area. He was last spotted in New Mexico this past July. At one poin,t the FBI was starting to think he had possibly fled the country, possibly even to Cuba.
Regardless — but not surprisingly — he was sentenced in absentia to the 12-year maximum he had been facing by U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves in July as well.
Conn’s coconspirators have also been sentenced, with former Huntington West Virginia Office of Adjudication and Review’s (ODAR’s) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) David Daugherty also drawing the maximum time the 81-year-old was looking at, four years. Both Conn and ALJ Daugherty pled out to receive their respective sentences.
Dr. Alfred Adkins, however, decided to take his chances with a jury. It didn’t quite work out for him as he was sentenced to a whopping 25 years in prison by Judge Reeves. He was also ordered to pay $93 million in restitution to the SSA. Within an hour after being sentenced Dr. Adkins attempted suicide.
If you don’t recall, Conn, ALJ Daugherty and Dr. Adkins’ wide-ranging criminal scheme resulted in the group collecting nearly $600 million in fraudulent disability payments for over a thousand clients. Many of these disability clients, unfortunately, have since lost their benefits.
Speaking of which, two of Conn’s former clients who had their benefits terminated committed suicide over the matter, according to a lawsuit filed last year by their families against the SSA. For what it’s worth, the SSA has vowed to increase fraud prosecutions nationwide due Conn’s case and several other high-profile cases.
If you or your child have been denied SSA disability benefits or suffer from a severe impairment that is expected to last more than twelve months and that prevents you from doing any of your past or other work or is causing developmental delay in your child, please contact our office nearest to you to set up a free consultation appointment to discuss your situation.
James Ezzell is an attorney at the Bond & Botes Law Offices in Huntsville, Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama, and a Juris Doctorate from the Mississippi College School of Law. James prides himself in working and winning SSA Disability cases for people truly in need of his help. Read his full bio here.