PIKEVILLE – The majority of a False Claims Act lawsuit filed against Eric C. Conn in federal court in Pikeville was dismissed Monday. The Stanville attorney saw six of eight counts in the federal suit dropped by presiding U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar.
The False Claims suit was brought against Conn by former Social Security Administration (SSA) employees Jennifer Griffith and Sarah Carver in 2011. In the suit, the two made claims that Conn engaged in fraud to obtain benefits for his clients.
Conn’s legal team said Wednesday the only counts left were from Conn’s resignation from the Virginia court and another regarding collusion or conspiracy, adding it was important to note that the judge stated in his order that “the whistleblowers cannot state a claim under the False Claims Act based on disability benefits.”
In addition to the six of counts in the suit, a federal judge also dismissed three doctors from the suit – David Herr, Bradley Adkins, and Srinivas Ammisetty.
The False Claims Act enables whistleblowers to receive part of the money recovered in cases which prove the government has been defrauded. The law works to give people an incentive for people to seek out and investigate fraud against the federal government.
Griffith and Carver both worked in the Huntington, W.Va. SSA office. According to the original complaint, this office took on appeals cases from Eastern Kentucky.
Sheldon Compton is a staff writer for The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.