David Daugherty has pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving illegal gratuities, he is set for sentencing on August 25, 2017. Daugherty had been a judge for more than 20 years when in November 2004 he decided to throw it all away. Daugherty began to accept cash payments from November of 2004 until April 2011, accepting more than $609,000 in cash payments in more than approximately 3,100 cases from Eric Conn.
Daugherty admitted to seeking out Conn’s pending cases with the Huntington Hearing Office, and would call to disclose the exact medical evidence needed to win the case. According to the plea, this led Conn to receive at least $7.1 million in representative fees from the SSA and Daugherty obligated the SSA to pay more than $550 million in lifetime benefits to claimants.