New agreement could restore benefits for Eric Conn victims

New agreement could restore benefits for Eric Conn victims
Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 9:53 PM EST
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KENTUCKY (WKYT) - A lawyer for the victims in the Eric Conn case announced that an agreement was reached with the Social Security Administration.


In a Facebook post, attorney Ned Pillersdorf said the agreement would allow the majority of the 500 former Conn clients who lost benefits six years ago to have their benefits reinstated if they request new hearings.

“After six years of litigation, we prevailed in the federal courts,” said Pillersdorf. “Courts ruled that these hearings that these 500 people lost were unconstitutional.”

Pillersdorf says he went to bat for clients for six to seven years, and that work finally paid off Monday.

“Why did something change after seven years of litigation?” said Pillersdorft. “Frankly, the Biden administration fired everyone at the SSA.”

Pillersdorf says a lot of the details are confidential, and he is not aware of the identity of all 500 but says in the post it’s finally justice for a lot of people bilked of their disability benefits.

If they win in their new hearings, with six years of back pay, clients stand to receive about $100,000 each.

A meeting will take place for clients Thursday in Floyd County, where they can receive more information.

Conn was convicted of a $550 million social security scheme in 2018.

Conn was sentenced to nearly three decades in prison.