Eric C. Conn, a lawyer in eastern Kentucky, recently pleaded guilty to a social security benefit scam that could leave the government responsible for more than $550 million in lifetime benefits.
Mr. Conn recruited and filed over 1,700 fraudulent applications with fake medical exams signed off on by doctors and psychologists on his team. Alfred Bradley Adkins, a psychologist who faked the examinations, and Administrative Law Judge David Black Daugherty, who approved the applications, have additional cases pending against them.
However, Mr. Conn’s clients say they have valid claims of disability, despite the scam. As of October 2016, the government had paid out over $46 million in benefits.