HUNTINGTON – Former judge David Daugherty has been sentenced to four years in prison for his part in Social Security and disability fraud.
Daugherty was also ordered to pay more than $93 million in restitution at his sentencing on Aug. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Daugherty approved at least 3,149 disability cases filed by Eric Conn. More than 1,700 have been deemed fraudulent by government investigators.
Daugherty had admitted to getting more than $600,000 in bribes through a scheme and was ordered to repay that amount.
Earlier this month, former administrative law judge Charlie Paul Andrus was sentenced to six months in federal prison for the role he played.
Conn and Daugherty were accused of colluding to obtain nearly $600 million in federal disability payments for thousands of claimants.
Authorities discovered Conn had been bribing a doctor and Daugherty to approve disability claims based on fake medical evidence.
Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing the judge. He fled custody in June and continues to remain at large. He is facing 12 years in prison and had previously agreed to pay the government millions of dollars.