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January 9, 2018

 

A puppy, border crossings, love on the run:

 

ERIC CONN'S WILD ACCOUNT OF HIS ESCAPE

 

To the saga of Eric C. Conn’s journey from wealthy Eastern Kentucky attorney to fugitive felon captured at a Pizza Hut in Central America, add this nugget:

Conn says he used a puppy to cross the border from Mexico into Guatemala, thinking it would help him get past security officers.

“The little guy was not exactly Rin Tin Tin, but I thought almost everyone loves puppies,” Conn said.

In his first communication with the media since being captured, Conn, 57, sent the Herald-Leader a 42-page, two-part, hand-written letter with his account of why he decided to flee sentencing in a massive Social Security fraud case, and information on his six months on the run.

Eric Conn's now infamous billboard near his offices in Allen, Ky. Eric Conn's now infamous billboard near his offices in Allen, Ky.

Conn, who in solitary confinement in the Grayson County Detention Center while awaiting trial on escape and other charges, also called the newspaper from jail.

It’s a tale worthy of Conn’s larger-than-life persona, including how he pretended to be engaged to a woman so authorities wouldn’t check his identification while on a bus, and how he says police in Honduras, where he was captured on Dec. 2, offered to let him go in return for a bribe he couldn’t cover.

Conn said having to look over his shoulder while a fugitive was miserable.

Eric C. Conn said having to look over his shoulder while a fugitive was miserable.  “Honestly, honestly, it was horrible,” he said. “I never got one true minute of relaxation.”Eric C. Conn said having to look over his shoulder while a fugitive was miserable. “Honestly, honestly, it was horrible,” he said. “I never got one true minute of relaxation.”“Honestly, honestly, it was horrible,” he said. “I never got one true minute of relaxation.”

Conn was scheduled to be sentenced to 12 years in prison last July after admitting he included fake medical evidence in claims for hundreds of clients seeking Social Security disability benefits.

Conn said in his letter that before he pleaded guilty, he had suffered “painful guilt” over his illegal acts.

“The actions I took to ensure that my clients would receive their disability benefits were unjustifiable,” Conn wrote.

Conn was on home detention awaiting sentencing, but while in Lexington June 2 for an approved meeting with his attorney and prosecutors, he cut the electronic monitor from his ankle and fled.

A man who had worked for Conn at his law office in Floyd County, Curtis Lee Wyatt, allegedly supplied Conn with a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck to use in escaping.

 

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By Bill Estep
Lexington Herald Leader

 

 

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0 #4 Everyone too 2018-01-12 17:38
I agree totally with Everyone. I know many who stiffs the system and works under the table. They knew this would happen when they went to Conn. My buddy even told me to go to Conn and cash in. Its was a common joke out in the public. So I don't feel sympathy for those ripping us off.
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+2 #3 Bet 2018-01-11 16:12
I bet Conn wont do 5 years.
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+1 #2 Everyone 2018-01-11 15:38
Every single client from beginning to end should be retried. I know several of his clients that work and hustle every day, while taxpayers are footing the bill.
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+4 #1 Captian 2018-01-09 22:19
Smooth move ex-lax! Now not only will you most likely serve the entire 12 years without being granted a parole opportunity,, but you'll also have to spend a few more years for escape. An educated law degree but no common sense. My grandfather had a name for people like yourself....."e ducated fool". I remember being in Prestonsburg with a relative for a disability hearing before the dishonorable judge Daughtery. My relative (who was truly disabled) was denied in less than 2 min, but the 2 clients that you were representing whom by the way looked like the picture of health, we're both approved by Daughtery. My relative ask why do Conn's clients always get approved? Now we know why. The crooked judge should spend the rest of his life in prison. That's my 2 cents
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