Fugitive Lawyer Eric Conn Caught At Honduran Pizza Hut

FBIThe header of the FBI's wanted poster for Eric Conn

FBIThe header of the FBI's wanted poster for Eric Conn

Conn, a fugitive Kentucky lawyer who escaped before facing sentencing for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case, is expected to be transferred to the US on Tuesday.

At a news conference earlier Tuesday announcing the arrest, Amy Hess, the Special Agent in Charge of Louisville's FBI Field Office, reminded reporters of her earlier vow to work with local, state, federal and global investigators to bring Conn back to the Bluegrass State.

Eric C. Conn is expected to be deported to the United States after he was arrested while leaving a restaurant in La Ceiba, the Honduras news publication El Pais reported.

Back in March, Conn admitted to cheating the federal government out of more than $550 million.

Honduran reporters said agents from its national police agency had been following him for several weeks.

Eric Conn escaped house arrest in Lexington six months ago before heading to New Mexico.

On 12 June, Conn was sentenced to 12 years in prison in absentia - the maximum jail sentence for this fraud offence. "He refused to do so".

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Conn's former lawyer, Scott White, told the Herald-Leader and the Courier-Journal he didn't have any official word on the capture, but it appears Conn was taken into custody by some uniformed group.

Hess said in July that Conn was spotted at a gas station and a Walmart in New Mexico. Agents interviewed dozens of people, seized Conn's bank accounts and conducted physical surveillance.

"Now that he has been captured, it does in an unusual way help our ability to try to collect the $31 million judgment his former clients have against Mr. Conn".

The paper reports the Technical Agency for Criminal Investigation (ATIC) caught Conn.

USA federal agents spent months tracking Conn, who cut off his electronic monitor and fled in June.

But U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier last year placed him on home monitoring with a bond secured by his $1.5 million home, noting he had traveled extensively while under investigation in previous years and never absconded.

In June, Conn's Global Positioning System electronic ankle tag was found on the side of the road in Kentucky.

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