Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

The fraud reached into the hundreds of millions of dollars, mostly affecting his clients in impoverished parts of Kentucky and West Virginia, who then had to fight to try to keep their disability checks.

Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge in a $550 million social security fraud case, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.

In July, a US judge handed Conn a sentence in absentia of 12 years prison under a plea deal he had agreed to before he fled in June.

According to the newspaper El Heraldo, Conn will be flown back to the United States on Tuesday. "Social Security" was deported from Honduras on Tuesday where he had fled after pleading guilty in a $550 million disability fraud scheme, USA authorities said.

Police reportedly learned of Conn's 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. "He let people like my husband have trust in him, and he let that down". "He refused to do so".

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The FBI offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and seized bank accounts that could be used to support his flight.

In October a federal grand jury charged one of his employees, Curtis Lee Wyatt, with conspiring to help Conn.

Conn was well-known in Lexington from TV commercials and billboards touting him as "Mr".

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.

But U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier last year placed him on home monitoring with a bond secured by his $1.5 million home, noting he had traveled extensively while under investigation in previous years and never absconded. White said they will enter a standard not guilty plea.

USA federal agents spent months tracking Conn, who cut off his electronic monitor and fled in June.

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