STANVILLE – A long awaited court date has been set. Floyd County attorney Eric C. Conn is set to go on trial June 5, 2017.
In April, Conn, federal judge David Daugherty and clinical psychologist Alfred Adkins were arrested on charges of conspiring to defraud the federal government.
Conn and his co-conspirators have a status hearing in Lexington in September to discuss the upcoming jury trial. The three men are accused of conspiring to defraud the government of millions of dollars.
A longtime local attorney, Conn branded himself “Mr. Social Security.” He claim he was the best in getting his clients the benefits they needed and deserved. Years passed and thousands of clients walked out of the Conn Law Offices after being granted their SSI and disability benefits.
It wasn’t until a Conn employee blew the whistle on the activities going on at the law firm that made federal investigators take action. Conn is accused of using fraudulent information to secure disability benefits for hundreds of individuals in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.
Daugherty, a former Administrative law judge, is accused of selecting which of Conn’s cases to approve and pushing them through the system The third defendant charged in the case, Adkins is a licensed clinical psychologist who, like Daugherty, is accused of rubber stamping Conn’s cases to secure millions in federal benefits for the Floyd County attorney’s clients, while making millions for themselves.
Payments to many of Conn’s clients were suspended after investigators showed there was reason to believe some clients were awarded SSI/disability by fraudulent means. Some individuals had their benefits reinstated, while others continue to fight to prove they deserve benefits.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.