The FBI held a press conference Tuesday to announce officially the capture of fugitive ex-attorney Eric C. Conn.
He pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year in Lexington in a $550 million fraud case. "Social Security" was deported from Honduras on Tuesday where he had fled after pleading guilty in a $550 million disability fraud scheme, US authorities said.
A Honduran SWAT team arrested Conn as he left a restaurant in a coastal city of the country. Police were reportedly alerted to his location after he connected to the restaurant's Wi-Fi.
He had been on the run since June 2.
On 12 June, Conn was sentenced to 12 years in prison in absentia - the maximum jail sentence for this fraud offence. "He let people like my husband have trust in him, and he let that down".
After Conn fled, federal agents spotted him on surveillance videos at a gas station and at a Walmart in New Mexico, near where indicted co-conspirator Curtis Lee Wyatt allegedly tested those border crossings.
The FBI offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and seized bank accounts that could be used to support his flight.
Conn was well-known in Lexington from TV commercials and billboards touting him as "Mr".
Conn's response to this reporter's question as to how it felt to be back in Kentucky could not be heard.
The Social Security Administration in 2015 ordered about 1,500 of Conn's former clients to prove at hearings that they deserved to continue receiving their disability checks, and hundreds were cut off.
"I anticipate the government will also charge him with some of the crimes that were part of the plea agreement".
US federal agents spent months tracking Conn, who cut off his electronic monitor and fled in June. Shortly thereafter, Conn was sitting a table across from investigators in Honduras.