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.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to, 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]