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Disability Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Case

Eastern Kentucky Social Security Attorney Eric Conn has recently plead guilty to one count of stealing from the Social Security Administration and one count of paying illegal gratuities to a federal judge.

Since October 2004, Conn has been involved in this scheme. Conn has admitted when explaining his illegal conduct that in well over 1700 cases, "I submitted or allowed the submission of medical records that I knew to be fraudulent in nature,".

Clearly this could not be done alone, other defendants are David B. Daugherty, a former Social Security judge accused of approving the wrongful claims and Pikeville psychologist Alfred Bradley Adkins accused of signing false mental-impairment evaluations for Conn's clients. Both have pleaded their innocence. 

Everything went bad once Daughtry began to require more and more funds from Conn.

Two former employees at the Huntington SSA office tried to bring attention to this scheme long before anything was discovered. The two now have a suit to receive compensation from a portion of the money the government recovers in fraud cases. 

Conn has accepted a plea deal. In his arrangement, over more than a dozen charges will be dismissed including mail and wire fraud, conspiring to retaliate against a witness, destroying evidence and money laundering. He will face up to 12 years in prison and be responsible for paying the government $5.7 million for engaging in fraud and also $46.5 million in restitution to the Social Security Administration. 

The agency ultimately identified about 1,500 beneficiaries, most of them in Eastern Kentucky, for re-determination hearings. Most have been heard and a little less than half the people won decisions to keep their benefits. Those that lost may appeal.

In this case, it appears justice will be served but unfortunately innocent people were hurt in the process. 

Please contact The Bainbridge Firm for any Social Security Disability help. 

"Pillersdorf is representing former Conn clients in a class-action lawsuit that seeks damages from him. His guilty plea is good news in that effort to get people money, Pillersdorf said."

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