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Frigid night greets captured Eric Conn with bitter cold reality

06 December 2017, 07:12 | Kelvin Horton

Fugitive Kentucky lawyer behind $550M social security fraud captured in Honduras

Kentucky lawyer arrested in Honduras

A Kentucky lawyer who disappeared after his conviction in a massive social security fraud case is in a Honduran jail.

Eric Conn, who, until December 2, was one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives is back home in Kentucky.

She told reporters at a news conference in Lexington that Conn was arrested Saturday without incident by the FBI attache in San Salvador and the Honduran Technical Agency of Criminal Investigation.

Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge in a $550 million social security fraud case, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.

Police reportedly learned of Conn's location after he connected to the restaurant's wi-fi.

Conn was captured by Honduran police as he was coming out of a restaurant, officials said on Monday. "He let people like my husband have trust in him, and he let that down".

A $20,000 reward was offered for information leading to Conn's arrest.

"I respectfully assert my Constitutional right not to testify here today, sir", Conn said.

This FBI says this surveillance photo shows Eric Conn at a gas station in New Mexico.

"Now that he has been captured, it does in an unusual way help our ability to try to collect the $31 million judgment his former clients have against Mr. Conn".

Hess told reporters Tuesday the Federal Bureau of Investigation had worked with about a dozen agencies to bring Conn to justice.

Conn, of Pikeville, Kentucky, participated in a scheme between 2004 and 2016 that involved submitting thousands of falsified medical documents to the U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. prosecutors have said.

Conn was a flamboyant attorney known for his billboards and TV ads across Kentucky.

The disgraced Lexington lawyer had been on the run since June 2, when he cut off and ditched his Global Positioning System ankle monitor along Interstate 75, days before he was scheduled to testify against a co-defendant and be sentenced for his role in a $550 million fraud investigation.

He was on an approved release in Lexington in June to prepare for his testimony in Adkins' trial when he cut off his electronic ankle security monitor, which was found on Interstate 65.

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