Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

Eric Conn is escorted by SWAT team agents prior to his extradition, at the Toncontin International Airport, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

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.

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

Eric Conn represented clients in Kentucky and southern West Virginia.

When Conn disappeared in early June, he had been out on bond, awaiting sentencing, after pleading guilty to massive Social Security fraud.

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Conn was sentenced to 12 years in prison in absentia.

Honduran reporters said agents from its national police agency had been following him for several weeks. He was later spotted in New Mexico.

Hess said Conn was arrested the previous Saturday.

This FBI says this surveillance photo shows Eric Conn at a gas station in New Mexico.

"As promised, Mr. Conn will be held accountable for his actions, to the people he deceived and the lives he's shattered".

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Hess told reporters Tuesday the Federal Bureau of Investigation had worked with about a dozen agencies to bring Conn to justice.

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

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.

The disgraced Lexington lawyer had been on the run since June 2, when he cut off and ditched his Global Positioning System ankle monitor along Interstate 75, days before he was scheduled to testify against a co-defendant and be sentenced for his role in a $550 million fraud investigation. But, given the security situation in Honduras and the risky gangs operating there as has been reported as recently as the last few weeks in relation to its election, then who knows who these masked folks are, for whom they work, or if Eric has even been lawfully seized.

In June, Conn's Global Positioning System electronic ankle tag was found on the side of the road in Kentucky.

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