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Former ALJ Pleads Guilty in Massive Social Security Scam

After Kentucky attorney Eric Conn pled guilty to his involvement in a massive Social Security Disability scam, the former administrative law judge who approved over 3,000 disability cases filed by him also admitted that he scammed the federal government to the tune of $550 million in obligatory lifetime benefit payments.

Former judge David Daugherty instructed Mr. Conn on how to write the fraudulent disability applications so that the applicants did not need to appear for in-person hearings prior to Judge Daugherty’s approval of the claims.

Mr. Conn paid Judge Daugherty over $600,000 while the scam was in operation between 2004 and 2011.  

Although the Social Security Administration does not have the power to strip Judge Daugherty of his pension, the court can order that he pay restitution, which can be accomplished by garnishing his pension to cover the costs.