LEXINGTON, Ky. – A trial date has been set for Kentucky attorney Eric C. Conn that is expected to run for six weeks.
Conn, along with Alfred Adkins and David Daugherty, has been accused of conspiring together to defraud the government of millions of dollars in Social Security benefits.
The trio will have a status hearing on Sept. 26 in anticipation of the jury trial before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier.
The men previously appeared at a status conference on July 26 to discuss the trial schedule for the case.
A final pretrial conference is set for May 22, 2017, before District Judge Danny C. Reeves in Lexington, according to the July 29 order.
In June, Conn was released from jail on a $1.25 million bond, along with other conditions. He had been in jail since his arrest on April 2. He was ordered to wear a GPS tracker, surrender his passport, avoid contact with anyone involved in his case, not to litigate disability cases or leave eastern Kentucky.
The bond was secured by his home in Pikeville, Ky.
Conn and Adkins, a psychologist who worked for Conn, both plead not guilty in April when they were indicted on multiple federal charges.
In the indictment Conn, Daugherty and Adkins were charged with one count each of Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud, three counts each of Mail Fraud, and three counts each of Wire Fraud.
Conn is also charged with Conspiracy to Retaliate against a Witness, Victim or Informant, Destruction of Records, documents or Tangible Objects in a Federal Investigation, False Statements, Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments, four counts of Transactional Money laundering, and Conspiracy to Structure Currency Transactions Involving a Financial Institution for the purpose of Evading the Report Requirements.
Daugherty is also charged with Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instrument.
Adkins is also charged with False Statements.
Conn, who has denied any wrongdoing, was accused of colluding with Daugherty to rig Social Security cases for several years. In 2013, Adkins testified before Congress, but Conn refused to testify.
Last year, the Social Security Administration suspended benefits for hundreds of Conn’s clients because of the suspected fraud. The SSA later reversed that decision at the request of U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who represents Kentucky.
Conn’s former clients will be required to re-prove their disability claims.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky case number: 5:16-cr-00022