Disability lawyer Eric Conn arrested on federal charges

A Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as “Mr. Social Security” has been indicted on charges that he paid a doctor and a judge to rubber-stamp disability claims using phony medical evidence.

The indictment against Conn, Social Security administrative law judge David Daugherty and clinical psychologist Dr. Alfred Bradley Adkins was unsealed Tuesday. Among other charges, they have been indicted for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Conn, Daugherty and Adkins are accused of colluding to secure millions in federal benefits for Conn’s clients while enriching themselves as well.

Conn has denied the allegations in the past. The defendants are scheduled for a hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Office staff for the lawyer who has represented Conn previously said he wasn’t immediately available to comment. Adkins’ attorney Jonah Stevens said his client “has the presumption of innocence.”

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