Eric Conn, lawyer who vanished, pleads not guilty to escape

Eric Conn leaving the federal courthouse in Lexington on Wednesday

Eric Conn leaving the federal courthouse in Lexington on Wednesday

Conn was also charged past year, along with a former Social Security administrative law judge and a former clinical psychologist, in an 18-count indictment charging conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, false statements, money laundering and other related offenses in connection with a $550 million Social Security disability fraud scheme.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, persuaded the SSA to restore payments pending the reviews but hundreds have had to endure the ordeal of trying to rebuild medical records from years ago (many of which Conn destroyed) for their reviews.

White told the Herald-Leader that if Conn hadn't fled, he might have been able to reduce his 12-year sentence to nine or 10 years and serve 85 percent of the total. If Conn is ultimately convicted on those charges as well as the escape-related charges, he could face a potential life sentence, White said.

Cronan of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess of the FBI's Louisville, Kentucky Field Division and Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General's (SSA-OIG) Philadelphia Field Division made the announcement. "He let people like my husband have trust in him, and he let that down".

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Conn cut off his ankle monitor and escaped on June 2.

Eric Conn pleaded not guilty plea to escape charges. "Social Security." He fueled that persona with outlandish TV commercials and small-scale replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial at his office in eastern Kentucky. Two committed suicide after Conn disappeared. It's just been nothing but pain and struggle and worries.

"With his capture, I'm hoping we can get this ordeal behind us, put him in prison where he belongs and start to undo the damage he has done to his former clients", Pillersdorf said by phone Monday night. "There have been 1,500 hearings, approximately, and 800 of my clients are going without".

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