The FBI believes that fugitive former disability lawyer Eric C. Conn is still in the U.S., a week after he cut off an electronic monitoring device and disappeared.
The agency issued a wanted poster on Conn Friday.
It included four photos of him and one new piece of information – that the ankle bracelet he had been wearing was found June 2 in a backpack beside Interstate 75 in Lexington in the vicinity of Exit 115, Newtown Pike.
Conn pleaded guilty in March to submitting false information on requests for his clients to receive federal disability payments. He also admitted bribing a Social Security Administration judge to approve payments for thousands of Conn’s clients.
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The scope of the scheme was one of the largest white-collar crimes in state history. The bogus claims would have obligated the government to pay $550 million in benefits.
Conn made millions from the scheme, and paid the judge, David B. Daughterty, more than $600,000 from 2004 to 2011, according to court records.
Federal prosecutors recommended allowing Conn to remain free on bond after he pleaded guilty.
However, he was on home incarceration and had to wear an ankle bracelet to track his whereabouts by GPS.
Conn has spent the day in Lexington on June 2, a week ago Friday, preparing to testify against a co-defendant in a trial that started June 5.
He cut off the bracelet that evening and disappeared.
The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to finding and arrested him.
David Habich, a spokesman for the FBI’s Kentucky headquarters, said the wanted poster on Conn was posted on the agency’s Most Wanted page.
The FBI is still receiving tips about Conn and chasing down leads, Habich said.