FBI says Eric C. Conn spotted in New Mexico; caught on surveillance
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Eric C. Conn was not inside a federal courtroom on Friday when a judge sentenced him to time behind bars.
Conn's attorney, Scott White, filed a motion to ask the judge to delay sentencing due to his client's disappearance; the judge denied that petition. On Friday, the judge sentenced Conn to 12 years.
Shortly after his sentencing, the FBI released new information about the search for the fugitive. Conn was spotted in New Mexico. Surveillance cameras captured images of the attorney who is on the lam. The FBI has two pictures; one from a gas station in Santa Rosa and one from Walmart in Deming. Both images are from early June.
The FBI believes Conn fled using a truck owned and registered by a co-conspirator to a dummy company in Montana. The co-conspirator also supplied Conn with other materials to help in his escape. The FBI located the truck in New Mexico near the border. Officials say there is no indication Conn crossed the border into Mexico.
Conn disappeared on June 2 after a hearing in Lexington. Police found his ankle monitor in a backpack on the side of I-75 in Fayette County.
Back in March, Conn admitted to cheating the federal government out of more than $5 million. The government says it is the largest social security fraud case in the program's history. Conn was scheduled to testify against one of his co-conspirators just days after he went on the run.
On Friday morning, Scott White said he received correspondence from Conn just that morning.
In addition to serving 12 years, a judge ordered Conn to pay almost $106,000,000 in restitution, a $50,000 fine, and a forfeiture judgment of $5,750,404.
During the sentencing, the judge remarked that he did not think 144 months was a sufficient punishment for Conn, but it was the maximum he was allowed to give.
The court issued a 2nd warrant for his arrest based on his failure to appear for his sentencing on Friday.