The trial was scheduled to begin Monday for the only person who will go before a jury in a case involving alleged massive disability fraud in Eastern Kentucky.
Pikeville psychologist Alfred Bradley Adkins was charged with well-known attorney Eric C. Conn and David B. Daugherty, an administrative law judge who heard appeals in Social Security disability cases.
Conn and Daugherty pleaded guilty, leaving Adkins as the lone remaining defendant in the case.
U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves scheduled jury selection to begin Monday morning.
The FBI announced Saturday that Conn, who had been on home detention awaiting sentencing, had taken off an electronic monitoring device and disappeared.
Conn would likely have been a witness against Adkins. It was not clear early Monday how Conn’s absence would affect the case.
Conn admitted that in arguing for clients to be judged disabled and given benefits, he submitted false medical evidence.
Daugherty admitted he took more than $600,000 from Conn while approving benefits for thousands of his clients with little or no scrutiny.
Adkins allegedly signed forms attesting that Conn clients were mentally disabled even though he hadn’t examined them.
Conn said he or his employees filled out forms attesting that clients were disabled and Adkins signed them without changing them.
Adkins did that in more than 200 cases, prosecutors said in one motion.
Adkins has denied doing anything wrong.
Prosecutors said in a motion that while testifying before a U.S. Senate committee, Adkins said he did not know the forms were to be filled out by a professional who did an evaluation. He also said he was not aware the forms would be used to evaluate the extent of someone’s disability.
However, Conn said in his plea he had told Adkins the importance and use of the forms.
Adkins is charged with conspiracy; mail fraud; wire fraud; and making false statements to the Social Security Administration.