Kentucky lawyer arrested in Honduras


Eric Conn was handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday, a day after his capture by a SWAT team as he came out of a restaurant in the coastal city of La Ceiba.

A Kentucky lawyer who disappeared after his conviction in a massive social security fraud case is in a Honduran jail.

When Eric Conn stepped into a Pizza Hut in La Ceiba, Honduras on Saturday, he likely had no idea that meal would be his last as a free man.

Kentucky lawyer arrested in Honduras
Kentucky lawyer arrested in Honduras

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

When Conn disappeared in early June, he had been out on bond, awaiting sentencing, after pleading guilty to massive Social Security fraud. He was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in federal prison - the maximum sentence - and ordered to pay $170 million in restitution.

Honduran reporters said agents from its national police agency had been following him for several weeks. "He let people like my husband have trust in him, and he let that down". He was later spotted in New Mexico.

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Conn's former lawyer, Scott White, told the Herald-Leader and the Courier-Journal he didn't have any official word on the capture, but it appears Conn was taken into custody by some uniformed group. Agents interviewed dozens of people, seized Conn's bank accounts and conducted physical surveillance.

The paper reports the Technical Agency for Criminal Investigation (ATIC) caught Conn.

The indictment said Wyatt, who had worked at Conn's Floyd County, Ky., law office, even allegedly tested security at the US border with Mexico on Conn's behalf.

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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.

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

Conn's response to this reporter's question as to how it felt to be back in Kentucky could not be heard.

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He was on an approved release in Lexington in June to prepare for his testimony in Adkins' trial when he cut off his electronic ankle security monitor, which was found on Interstate 65.