A fugitive Kentucky lawyer at the center of a nearly $600 million Social Security fraud case has fled the country using a fake passport and has gotten help from someone overseas with a job to help support himself.
The flamboyant disability lawyer Eric Conn, in an email exchange with The Lexington Herald-Leader over the weekend, told the paper he flew to a country that does not have an extradition agreement with the U.S.
The paper reported Sunday that it tried to verify Conn’s identity by asking him questions that only he could answer, including his Social Security number, which it obtained from court documents, and details about one of his marriages. He answered correctly, the paper said.
Scott White, Conn’s attorney, said that he also received emails that originated from the same address and from a person he believed to be Conn.
Many believed that Conn, who fled home detention on June 2, had stashed money overseas to live on but the email said that was not the case.
“The money I sent overseas was money that has long since been spent,” Conn wrote.
A person claiming to be Conn has sent the newspaper several emails since fleeing. Unlike the latest emails, it was not possible to reply to the initial emails, the paper reported.
The FBI did not respond to a request Sunday seeking comment on whether it believes the latest emails are from Conn.
Conn started his law practice in a trailer in 1993 and built it into one of the most lucrative disability law firms in the country.
He portrayed himself as “Mr. Social Security,” a persona fueled by outlandish TV commercials and small-scale replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial at his office in eastern Kentucky.
His empire crumbled when federal investigators uncovered he had been bribing a doctor and judge to approve disability claims based on fake medical evidence.
As part of his plea deal in March, he agreed to pay the federal government $5.7 million and to reimburse Social Security $46…