Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Kentucky lawyer arrested in Honduras

Kentucky lawyer arrested in Honduras

The feds worked with law enforcement agencies across Kentucky, in New Mexico where Conn was spotted in July and in both Mexico City and San Salvador.

Eric Conn was captured by a SWAT team as he came out of a restaurant in the coastal city of La Ceiba, the Honduras public magistrate's office said Monday, crediting "arduous intelligence, surveillance and tailing by the agents".

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. He was sentenced in absentia in July to 12 years in prison, as well as ordered to pay more than $170 million in restitution, a $50,000 fine and a forfeiture judgment of $5,750,404.

Honduran authorities arrested an eastern Kentucky attorney who fled to avoid prison time for his role in a $500 million Social Security disability fraud scheme.

News reports in Honduras said he was traced to the location after logging onto the restaurant's Wi-Fi.

"We implored him to cooperate", she said.

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Hess said Conn was arrested the previous Saturday.

"I respectfully assert my Constitutional right not to testify here today, sir", Conn said. One of his former employees, Curtis Lee Wyatt, has been charged with helping Conn escape by opening a bank account for him and buying him a truck.

Conn was a colorful character who styled himself as "Mr". But, given the security situation in Honduras and the unsafe gangs operating there as has been reported as recently as the last few weeks in relation to its election, then who knows who these masked folks are, for whom they work, or if Eric has even been lawfully seized.

That was exactly six months to the day after Conn cut off his ankle monitor and fled home detention, "violating the terms of his release, his plea agreement and the obligation to society that he be held accountable for his crimes", according to FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Amy Hess.

In June, Conn's Global Positioning System electronic ankle tag was found on the side of the road in Kentucky.

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