Eastern Kentucky Social Security lawyer Eric Conn had an unusual YouTube campaign underway to get himself appointed to President Obama’s Social Security advisory board back in 2010.
LOUISVILLE — The FBI vowed it would get its man — and with the help of a Honduran SWAT team, it did.
The head of the FBI in Kentucky on Tuesday confirmed what Honduran news outlets reported Monday night — that after six months on the lam, fugitive lawyer Eric Conn, wanted for sentencing in the biggest Social Security fraud in U.S. history, was captured in the city of La Ceiba in a Pizza Hut.
“As promised, Mr. Conn will now be held accountable for his actions, to the people he deceived and for the lives he shattered, including all the victims of his greed in Eastern Kentucky,” said Amy Hess, the FBI’s agent in charge in Kentucky.
She told reporters at a news conference in Lexington that Conn was arrested Saturday without incident by the FBI attache in San Salvador and the Honduran Technical Agency of Criminal Investigation.
FBI spokesman David Habich said Conn was expected to arrive at the Lexington airport Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by FBI agents.
Conn disappeared June 2 from Lexington as he was facing 12 years in prison for theft of government property and paying illegal gratuities in a scheme to fix Social Security disability cases for his clients.
He was accused of conspiring with a federal administrative law judge and clinical psychologist over 10 years to get benefits awarded to 1,700 claimants, whether disabled or not, and to file fraudulent submissions totaling $550 million.
The judge, David Daugherty, pleaded guilty to taking illegal gratuities and was sentenced to four years in prison, while the psychologist, Alfred Bradley Adkins, who was found guilty, was sentenced to 25 years…