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Rural Blog: Eastern Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty to defrauding the Social Security disability system

A Kentucky lawyer who labeled himself as “Mr. Social Security” pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to stealing from the Social Security Administration and bribing a federal Social Security judge. Prosecutors say Eric C. Conn had “a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments,” Bruce Schreiner reports for The Associated...

Rural Blog: East Kentuckians seek to keep federal disability benefits jeopardized by fraud of lawyer

Hundreds of families in Eastern Kentucky are fighting to regain the disability benefits they lost after the federal government said their attorney and a federal administrative law judge awarded the benefits fraudulently. At least three suicides have been blamed on the unprecedented debacle, and the Social Security Administration is refusing to let the people see the medical evidence on which their...

Commentary: Lawyer Eric Conn must answer to Feds, but real tragedy is with his disabled clients

By John Rosenberg Special to KyForward NOTE: Pikeville lawyer Eric C. Conn has been indicted on 18 counts for defrauding the government of $600 million in questionable federal disability payments. A federal judge ordered this week that he be released on bond and confined to his home pending trial. A former judge and a doctor have also been indicted. Well, it is about time the Feds caught up with...