Fugitive US lawyer wanted for fraud captured in Honduras


The FBI held a press conference Tuesday to announce officially the capture of fugitive ex-attorney Eric C. Conn.

Officials in Honduras say a fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago after pleading guilty to massive Social Security fraud is on his way back to the United States.

A Honduran SWAT team arrested Conn as he left a restaurant in a coastal city of the country.

At the FBI's satellite office in Lexington, Hess detailed the national and global effort to find and capture Conn.

Fugitive lawyer who pleaded guilty in $550M... "Social Security" and touted his ability to get disability benefits for his clients.

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

News reports in Honduras said he was traced to the location after logging onto the restaurant's Wi-Fi. "He let people like my husband have trust in him, and he let that down".

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Far from the mild temperatures of Central America where he was captured, Conn stepped off a federally owned plane just after 7 p.m. Tuesday into a frigid Lexington night and bitter cold reality: freedom was no longer his. Conn, a fugitive Kentucky lawyer who escaped before facing sentencing for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case, is expected to be transferred to the US on Tuesday. "He refused to do so". A truck Conn is believed to have used during his escape was discovered in New Mexico near the border with Mexico, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in July.

Hess said Conn was arrested the previous Saturday. Agents interviewed dozens of people, seized Conn's bank accounts and conducted physical surveillance.

Conn was a colorful character who styled himself as "Mr".

Conn was a flamboyant attorney known for his billboards and TV ads across Kentucky.

The Social Security Administration in 2015 ordered about 1,500 of Conn's former clients to prove at hearings that they deserved to continue receiving their disability checks, and hundreds were cut off.

Conn fled while under house arrest with a Global Positioning System ankle monitor, which was found in a backpack along a road in Lexington, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.