Thursday, June 11, 2015

Widow sues E. Kentucky disability lawyer, says fraudulent activity led to her husband's suicide

The Eastern Kentucky disability lawyer who was implicated in fraud is being sued by the widow of one of his clients who committed suicide after he was told he could lose his social security disability benefits, reports LEX 18 in Lexington.

Late last month about 900 clients of Floyd County lawyer Eric Conn—who was featured in a "60 Minutes" investigative report and was the subject of a 2013 investigation by a Senate Committee on Government Affairs—were told they could have their disability payments suspended. Earlier this month acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin lifted the supsensions until they get a hearing before an administrative law judge.

The widow of Leroy Burchett filed a lawsuit on behalf of her late husband's estate alleging that fraudulent activity on the part of Conn resulted in his wrongful death, LEX 18 reports. "According to a Facebook post from Burchett's lawyer, Ned Pillersdorf, Burchett fell into a depression after receiving the letter and was unable to afford his medication," which included anti-depressants. (Read more)

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