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World's largest social security scam. Eric Conn didn’t want to spend 12 years in jail, so he escaped. Now he’s spending 27 years in prison. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Two prosecutors, Dustin Davis and Elizabeth Wright, have taken down the largest federal disability scheme in U.S. history. Run by Eric Conn, a Kentucky disability lawyer, the $550 million scam involved patients didn’t have to undergo exams, but were approved for disability payments. Their case files were then forged to make them appear disabled. According to an FBI agent who testified at his trial, the government paid Conn $10 million in fees over a 10-year period.

Davis and Wright took on the case just a year before the statute of limitations would have expired, allowing Conn to get away with all of his ill-gotten gains. The prosecutors and their team poured through 5,000 disability cases in order to build their indictment.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to PropertyCasualty360.com, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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