Attorney: Victims of Eric Conn scam being targeted again
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) - An eastern Kentucky attorney is warning former clients of fugitive Eric Conn that they are the targets of a new scam.
Ned Pillersdorf says scammers are promising his clients thousands of dollars if they pay hundreds of dollars first.
He says there are 800 people in eastern Kentucky without benefits. He says those people are a part of a group of about 1200 that were being scammed by fugitive attorney Eric Conn for years.
"For the past two years 800 people the most economically vulnerable people in the most economically vulnerable area have been under this dark cloud," he said. We have a true humanitarian crisis going on. 800 families have lost their benefits, lost their health insurance."
That's because Conn was their attorney and the FBI says he was involved in a $550 million Social Security scam. They say for 12 years Conn along with a judge and several doctors submitted falsified medical documents to the Social Security Administration, leaving hundreds without benefits and now to make matters worse the people involved are being targeted again.
"They are told there's a $9,000 compensation fund," Pillersdorf said. They are asked to send $200 dollars to the federal reserve bank of New York. Many of them have foolishly fell for this and they are told if they continue to send money they will get $10,000 or $11,000."
But Pillersdorf says that's far from the truth. He says he thinks the scammers are using his Facebook page where he posts updates about the case to get information on Conn's former clients.
"My social media postings are to assure people we have a wonderful team of lawyers fighting the injustice the Social Security Administration is doing to them and it's also a way for me to explain to them what's going on in this important case," he said.
He says the Facebook posts are to let the hundreds of people know they are not alone. He says at least three people involved in the suit have committed suicide since the investigation. Pillersdorf says he wants to help protect his clients.
"I don't know how many times I've told people do not send money to receive money," he said. It's a scam."