Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

What was clear was Eric Conn's 6-month run from the law was reduced to a simple stride in the direction of justice.

He pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year in Lexington in a $550 million fraud case. Police were reportedly alerted to his location after he connected to the restaurant's Wi-Fi.

Conn was captured by Honduran police as he was coming out of a restaurant, officials said on Monday.

In July, he was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $170 million in restitution. "Social Security" was deported from Honduras on Tuesday where he had fled after pleading guilty in a $550 million disability fraud scheme, US authorities said.

Hess said the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted searches, did forensic exams of emails purportedly sent by Conn, analyzed his finances and interviewed dozens of people to try to find him.

"We implored him to cooperate", she said.

A $20,000 reward was offered for information leading to Conn's arrest.

This FBI says this surveillance photo shows Eric Conn at a gas station in New Mexico. A conspiracy unraveled that resulted in another indictment against a co-worker that allegedly helped plot his escape and tested border crossings.

Conn, of Pikeville, Kentucky, participated in a scheme between 2004 and 2016 that involved submitting thousands of falsified medical documents to the U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. prosecutors have said.

Conn was a flamboyant attorney known for his billboards and TV ads across Kentucky.

Conn fled while under house arrest with a Global Positioning System ankle monitor, which was found in a backpack along a road in Lexington, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Shortly thereafter, Conn was sitting a table across from investigators in Honduras.

"As I explained at the last press conference, we would bring all available resources to bear to find Mr. Conn and bring him to justice and hold him accountable for the lives he impacted and the trust he betrayed", Hess said.

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