Former clients of disbarred attorney Eric Conn get reprieve from disability hearings

By Bill Estep

Hundreds of Eastern Kentucky residents will get a reprieve from hearings to determine if they can keep receiving federal disability payments, and may have more evidence to use when the hearings resume.

The Social Security Administration this week notified attorneys for the people that it would suspend the hearings for 60 days, until Jan. 7.

Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers also confirmed the agency would put off the hearings for two months.

The decision came after Rogers contacted Social Security about a concern over the agency going ahead with the hearings even though many of the beneficiaries hadn’t yet received files which could contain medical evidence to use in establishing their eligibility for benefits.

Rogers “was prompted to intervene to ensure Eastern Kentuckians in this case are treated fairly during re-determination hearings for their benefits,” his office said in a statement.

The issue relates to a massive fraud involving Eric C. Conn, an attorney who represented thousands of Eastern Kentucky residents in successful claims for disability benefits.

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