- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Eric C. Conn, the Kentucky lawyer accused of conspiring to defraud the government of $600 million in questionable federal disability payments, could be released from jail pending trial.

A federal judge has called a hearing for Tuesday afternoon, when he will lay out the conditions for Conn’s release. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Weir filed an order Monday that listed one of the conditions as a bond secured by Conn’s home in Pikeville. Property records show Conn bought the house in 2011 for $1.5 million.

He has been in jail since last week and prosecutors argued he might try to flee the country if released. Conn, former judge David Daugherty and doctor Bradley Adkins are charged in an 18-count indictment with scheming to secure dubious disability benefits for Conn’s clients.

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