Fugitive Disability Lawyer in $600M Fraud Case Says He Fled U.S.
Eric Conn, a Kentucky disability lawyer at the center of a $600 million fraud case, says he fled the U.S. using a fake passport and built himself a new life overseas. Conn’s disappearance made waves this month after the FBI said he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and vanished weeks before his sentencing date. He’d been ordered to pay the federal government millions of dollars for falsifying more than 1,700 disability claims. After weeks of silence, Conn told the Lexington Herald-Leader this weekend that a friend from overseas helped him abscond with a fake passport. He said he is in a country that does not allow extradition and has found a job to support himself. The FBI, which is offering a $20,000 reward for information on Conn’s whereabouts, had said just over a week ago that the fugitive lawyer was believed to still be in the U.S.