Statement of Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess Regarding Fugitive Eric C. Conn
This morning, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky sentenced Eric C. Conn in absentia to 12 years in prison and ordered him to pay almost $170,000,000 in restitution, a $50,000 fine, and a forfeiture judgment of $5,750,404.
Last month, prior to sentencing, Eric Conn fled prosecution for defrauding the United States government of over half-a-billion dollars. Since that time, the FBI has worked diligently to locate Conn and will continue to do so until he is brought back to justice.
The negative impact of Conn’s presence in our community will be felt for generations. His flight from prosecution has diminished any legitimacy and integrity he once held as an attorney and officer of the court.
Through our investigation, we discovered that Conn fled using a truck owned and registered by a co-conspirator to a dummy company in Montana. This co-conspirator also supplied Conn with other materials to assist him. The FBI traced the truck to where it was ultimately abandoned for us to find in New Mexico near the border.
ERIC CHRISTOPHER CONN
Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and False Statements