Fugitive US lawyer wanted for fraud captured in Honduras

Fugitive US lawyer wanted for fraud captured in Honduras

The fraud reached into the hundreds of millions of dollars, mostly affecting his clients in impoverished parts of Kentucky and West Virginia, who then had to fight to try to keep their disability checks.

Honduran authorities have captured a fugitive United States lawyer who was on America's most wanted list.

White said it was a "disappointment" that Conn ran for so long because a judge had sentenced him to 12 years in prison and now, he is likely to face more time.

Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, said that Conn is en route to the United States and will land at Blue Grass Airport between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. "Social Security" was deported from Honduras on Tuesday where he had fled after pleading guilty in a $550 million disability fraud scheme, USA authorities said. Police were reportedly alerted to his location after he connected to the restaurant's Wi-Fi.

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.

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Hess said the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted searches, did forensic exams of emails purportedly sent by Conn, analyzed his finances and interviewed dozens of people to try to find him.

After Conn fled, federal agents spotted him on surveillance videos at a gas station and at a Walmart in New Mexico, near where indicted co-conspirator Curtis Lee Wyatt allegedly tested those border crossings.

A $20,000 reward was offered for information leading to Conn's arrest.

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

Conn was a flamboyant attorney known for his billboards and TV ads across Kentucky. "I never thought they would catch him". When he pleaded guilty in March, Justice Department prosecutors recommended his continued release on those terms, pending his sentencing in July, and U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves accepted a plea bargain in which that recommendation was made.

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