STANVILLE – Floyd County attorney Eric C. Conn, also known as “Mr. Social Security,” was arrested Monday at his law complex in Stanville on an undisclosed federal charge, according to the Pike County Detention Center.
Conn is accused of filing fraudulent disability claims for hundreds of clients, with the majority hailing from Eastern Kentucky.
According to Pike County Jail officials, Conn was transported to the Pike County Detention Center by FBI Agent Copley and booked into the Detention Center at 7:12 p.m.
Conn has been at the center of a Social Security fraud investigation as the U.S Senate investigation alleged that Conn’s law firm had submitted medical evidence for clients that were not properly examined by the physician. Allegations were made that Conn had conspired with medical doctors and a Social Security judge to approve disability benefits for clients whom may not have met requirements to be approved for disability benefits.
Former Conn employees Jennifer Griffith and Sarah Carver brought concerns about wrong doings within the Eric C. Conn Law Firm which launched a federal investigation.
A federal investigation was conducted which resulted in hundreds of Conn’s former clients having their disability benefits cut off. Social Security Administration notified clients that a redetermination for benefits would be conducted to determine their eligibility for Social Security and SSI benefits.
A source close to Conn stated the attorney was unaware he would be arrested Monday afternoon.
Conn will likely be arraigned Tuesday at which time a federal indictment is likely to be unsealed. Conn remains lodged in the Pike County Detention Center where he awaits transport by federal agents to a federal court.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.