By Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Federal officials have confirmed that they are re-determining disability benefits for 1,500 people who were represented by attorney Eric C. Conn.

Social Security Administration spokeswoman LaVenia J. LaVelle told the Lexington Herald-Leader ( that 80 percent of the beneficiaries live in Kentucky, around 6 percent live in West Virginia and others live elsewhere.

LaVelle said the agency will stop paying benefits to about 900 people while their claims are reevaluated due to suspected fraudulent information.

A 2013 report by congressional investigators accused Conn of scheming with a West Virginia judge to improperly approve disability cases.

Conn’s attorney, J. Kent Wicker, told the newspaper that an investigation concluded “without any finding of fraud or other misconduct.”

Attorneys who are helping people with the reviews say it could take months for a resolution.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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