This lawyer helped steal $600 million from the government, got caught #disability


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This lawyer helped steal $600 million from the government, got caught — then disappeared

He called himself “Mr. Social Security” — a disability lawyer whose parking-lot replica of the Statue of Liberty and sophomoric ads helped make his rural practice one of the best known in Kentucky.

The government, on the other hand, simply calls him by his name: Eric Conn. It appears again and again in court documents surrounding Conn’s guilty plea earlier this year to bribing a judge and helping to defraud the government out of $600 million in disability claims.

Conn’s name also appears on an arrest warrant issued recently, after he disappeared before he could be sentenced and forced to repay tens of millions of dollars.

“It was totally predictable,” Ned Pillersdorf, a lawyer who helped Conn’s former clients win a class-action lawsuit for which he will also owe damages, told the Associated Press. “There has been a betting pool going on in Prestonsburg on not if he would flee, but when.”

Indeed, an FBI agent and other witnesses had urged a judge not to grant Conn bond after his arrest last year, according to the Courier-Journal. The lawyer had spoken of plans to flee the country, they warned, and may have stashed away cash.

In the preceding decades, he’d made plenty of it.

In business since the 1990s, Conn “worked out of an office complex made of five connected mobile homes in Floyd County,” the Lexington Herald Leader reported.

Those modest facilities hardly suggested the 56-year-old lawyer’s reputation, which had spread across much of eastern Kentucky even before his legal troubles began.

He was, the website Kentucky for Kentucky once wrote. “the most ridiculous lawyer in a land of ridiculous lawyers.”

For example: the scale model Statue of Liberty outside his mobile-home office compound — along with a 19-foot version of the Lincoln Memorial. which was once sung about in a promotional rap song.

Conn once hired a Miss Kentucky USA to be his public relations director for $70,000 a year, the Herald Leader reported. He had a crew of “Conn Hotties”— women in tight T-shirts printed with the firm’s 1-800 number, whom he sent to public events, according to the Associated Press .

Conn claimed to have created “the first lawyer 3-D commercial,” and once recorded a country music video in which he bumped buttocks with a woman while a man played a banjo behind them.

The lawyer explained to the Courier Journal that he hoped the video would persuade President Barack Obama to appoint him to the Social Security Advisory Board, despite his flamboyant public image.

“I’m a traditional, boring lawyer,” he said, “who conforms, of course, to all the rules and regulations of the bar.”

This was not true.

Between 2005 and 2015, the Herald Leader reported. the Social Security Administration had paid Conn’s firm $23 million.

In 2011, the Wall Street Journal reported that a local judge appeared to be rubber stamping hundreds of disability claims for Conn’s clients.

A years-long federal investigation ensued — until Conn, the judge and a psychologist were brought up on federal charges last year.

Federal investigators accused Conn of bribing the judge and the doctor to approve his clients’ claims based on fake evidence, according to the Associated Press. They allegedly bilked the government out of nearly $600 million.

The charges brought his law empire crashing down, and at least two of Conn’s clients committed suicide after the government threatened to cut off benefits to all of them, according to the Herald Leader.

After his arrest, government witnesses warned that Conn was a flight risk.

According to the Courier-Journal, they testified that he had spoken of leaving for Ecuador or Cuba, and may have had at least a quarter-million dollars in cash in a safe-deposit box.

But the judge called the testimony hearsay, had Conn’s passport confiscated and ordered his release — secured by his $1.5 million mansion in Pikeville, an electronic monitor, and a defense lawyer’s assurances that his teenage daughter and elderly mother would dissuade him from fleeing.

“Your trust is not misplaced,” Conn told the judg e, according to the Herald Leader.

And for a while, it seemed not to be.

In March, the Associated Press reported, Conn pleaded guilty to stealing from the government and bribing a judge. He agreed to pay more than $50 million in reimbursements, damages and penalties to the government and Social Security employees who helped expose him.

Next month, he was supposed to return to court for sentencing — facing the prospect of repaying millions while serving up to 12 years in prison.

But on Saturday, the FBI told the Associated Press that Conn had removed his monitoring device and disappeared.

This was stunning,” Conn’s lawyer, Scott White, wrote to The Washington Post. He said he last saw his client on Friday, and had seemed intent on testifying at a hearing next week.

“He gave every indication he both appreciated that there was a light at the end of the tunnel and he was able to make some amend for his admitted criminal conduct,” White said. “Now, he is just seen as the guy who took the coward’s way out.”

With his law practice shuttered and his whereabouts unknown, Conn’s commercials are about all that’s left of his public image.

In one ad, posted to YouTube shortly after his legal crisis began, the embattled lawyer parks his Rolls-Royce in front of his Abraham Lincoln statue and walks past a woman in an open-chested coat.

She calls out to him: “Eric, we need you back.”

Conn turns and assures her in a gravelly voice: “I never left.”


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Aug 8th, 2017 by Federal Disability Retirement Lawyer

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Aug 7th, 2017 by Federal Disability Retirement Lawyer

There is, first of all, chaos and disarray ; and whether from a biblical worldview or the natural paradigm of a universe formed from a massive energy source that exploded with such force as to hurl a spinning residue of astronomical proportions into far galaxies that resulted in the starry heavens we witness today; it is from the opposite of a placid tranquility that we experience the ordered lives of everyday existence. There are, of course, the extremes of the spectrum [. ]

Welcome You are invited to read the articles I have recently written concerning various aspects of the federal disability retirement process in the FedSmith, MyFederalRetirement.com, Postal Reporter, or visit my new blog on Federal Administrative Law at Lexis Nexis’ Lawyers.com.
Then, call me for a free telephone consultation to discuss the specifics of your OPM Disability Retirement case: 1-800-990-7932

Landmark success for many FERS Disability Retirement annuitants. Attorney Robert R. McGill has won a precedent-setting case for those individuals who are or were receiving FERS & SSDI benefits concurrently. In the past, when such individuals lost their SSDI benefits because of engaging in substantial gainful activity, OPM would refuse to recalculate the FERS annuity back to the original amount, despite the loss of the offset. Upon oral argument before a 3-Judge panel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed OPM’s position, potentially impacting thousands of FERS annuitants who did not have their benefits recalculated. This is a major win for Federal Workers across the United States.

I am an attorney who specializes in Federal and Postal disability retirement law under CSRS and FERS. I have been successful at all levels of the Disability Retirement Application process — from the initial submission of the applications; to the Second Stage of appeal — the “Request for Reconsideration” Stage; to the final stage of appeal, before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

OPM Disability Retirement is a benefit granted to all Federal Employees who meet the criteria of “Disability”. By “Disability”, however, it does not mean that you must be completely physically incapacitated; rather, it means that you are no longer able to provide effective service in the essential elements of your job. As such, you do not need to be “totally disabled” in order to be eligible for Federal or Postal disability Retirement under FERS or CSRS.

The Office of Personnel Management carefully reviews all applications for Federal Disability Retirement. It is a benefit which should be looked at as an entitlement and an investment. Consequently, any OPM Federal Employee intending to file for Disability Retirement should seek the advice and counsel of an experienced attorney.

Robert R. McGill, Esquire


Long Term Disability Claims – Aaron Waxman Law #long #term #disability #insurance


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Long-Term Disability Claims

Many employers offer long-term disability benefits to employees as part of their group benefit packages. Long-term disability benefits provide income replacement to those who are unable to work for an indefinite period of time due to an illness or injury. While every long-term disability policy is different, all policies require that an insured person satisfy a qualifying period (also known as an elimination period or waiting period), submit a complete application, provide updated medical application, participate in treatment/rehabilitation and be subject to a change of definition where the insurer s definition of disability changes from own occupation to any occupation.

The amount of your long-term disability benefit will depend on your policy. Benefit amounts can be equivalent to 50%-85% of your monthly income. Depending on your policy, your benefit may or not be taxable.

Long-term disability policies are complex and contain many provisions. Letters from the insurance company may contain terms that are ambiguous or unclear. A lawyer can help you to understand your insurance policy and any letters from your insurer.

If your application for long- term disability benefits has been denied, or your benefits have been terminated, you should not hesitate to seek legal advice. It is always important to understand your rights and your options with respect to a denial of benefits and to know that you can pursue a court action against your insurer.

The lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates have handled many claims for long-term disability benefit denials and helped many clients achieve the settlements they deserve.

If you have a question about long-term disability benefits, call or e-mail Aaron Waxman and Associates – there is no charge to call us and there are no bad questions.

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Long-Term Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia #long #term #disability #insurance


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Long-Term Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia

Long-term disability (LTD) insurance companies routinely deny or limit claims for long-term disability benefits based on fibromyalgia, a complex illness marked by chronic muscle and joint pain. Because there is no objective test for fibromyalgia and diagnosis is based largely on self-reported symptoms, many insurers specifically exclude fibromyalgia from coverage. Other carriers consider fibromyalgia primarily a mental disorder and will limit payments to 12 or 24 months.

Read your policy carefully to understand whether and for how long you can receive benefits based on fibromyalgia. The following language limiting eligibility is fairly typical.

Benefits will be terminated after 24 months for those with disabilities which are based primarily on self-reported symptoms, and disabilities due to alcoholism, drug abuse, or mental illness. Self-reported symptoms include manifestations of your condition that are not able to be verified using tests, procedures, or examinations commonly accepted in the practice of medicine, including headaches, pain, fatigue, soreness, numbness, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and loss of energy.

Even if your policy doesn’t specifically mention fibromyalgia as being excluded or limited, you should expect to meet substantial resistance if you file for LTD benefits based on fibromyalgia. Here are a few things to remember that could increase your chances of a successful claim.

Seek Appropriate Medical Treatment

Insurance companies are well aware that primary care physicians frequently diagnose fibromyalgia as a sort of “catch-all” when they cannot pinpoint the source of an individual’s pain. If you want your insurer to take your fibromyalgia claim seriously, it’s critical that you receive regular treatment from a rheumatologist, not just your family physician. Rheumatologists typically employ several different diagnostic techniques when evaluating a patient for fibromyalgia, including blood tests to rule out other illnesses and trigger point tests to locate areas of pain and tenderness. Generally an individual who reports pain in at least 11 of the 18 trigger points will receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. (Also see our article on getting Social Security for fibromyalgia. which discusses criteria used by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) to determine when a patient has fibromyalgia.)

In addition to making a more accurate and credible diagnosis, a rheumatologist may be better able to prescribe therapies for your particular symptoms. Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, it is often possible to control the pain and accompanying fatigue through medication, exercise, and a proper diet.

Record All Your Symptoms

In addition to chronic pain, many fibromyalgia sufferers also experience headaches, numbness, swelling, fatigue, IBS, and difficulty sleeping. Fibromyalgia may also adversely affect a person’s mental health, causing cognitive problems (often called “fibro fog”), depression, stress, and anxiety. Keeping a diary of all your symptoms, both mental and physical, will help your physicians diagnose and treat your illness, and may help to persuade your insurer that your condition is legitimate.

Obtain Opinions From Your Doctors

The opinion of your treating physician can literally make or break your LTD case, and it’s especially important in cases involving fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other conditions that don’t lend themselves to objective testing. You or your attorney should ask your physician (preferably your rheumatologist) to identify the extent of your work-related limitations, especially in the following areas:

  • length of time you can sit, stand, and walk
  • amount of weight you can lift and carry, and
  • ability to bend, stoop, balance, crouch, and crawl.

Also, would you miss days of work or have to take unscheduled breaks during the workday due to pain, fatigue, or other issues? Would you need to recline or lie down during the day? Your doctor should be asked about any limitations that might prevent you from performing the demands of full-time work. It is also be helpful for your rheumatologist to explain what diagnostic testing was performed and why she ultimately believed a fibromyalgia diagnosis was supported by the medical evidence.

If you’re receiving mental health treatment for depression, also ask your doctor or psychologist for an opinion as to your mental limitations, including your ability to maintain regular attendance, sustain attention and concentration, understand and carry out instructions, and interact with supervisors, co-workers, and the general public.

Your lawyer should be able to supply a fibromyalgia assessment form for your doctor that encompasses all your possible limitations. Do not rely on the forms used by your insurance company, as they are often designed to elicit responses that could form the basis for a denial.

Reports from third-parties such as friends, family members, and former colleagues can also help bolster an LTD disability claim, but only if they’re limited to first-hand observations of your condition rather than opinions about your medical issues.

Pursue Your Claim With the Help of an Experienced Lawyer

Whether you have an individual LTD policy or an employer-provided group plan, your policy is likely to be complex and riddled with exceptions, exclusions, and limitations. It’s important, especially in notoriously challenging claims involving fibromyalgia, that you have an experienced LTD attorney on your side to help you meet deadlines and pursue your appeals while putting your case in the best possible light. You should be able to set up a free consultation with an LTD lawyer before you hire one.

Get the compensation you deserve.


Apply for Disability in Utah – Office Locations, Resources #social #security #disability


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Social Security Disability Benefits Resources: Utah

Utah beneficiaries receive $426 million in benefits each year.

The State of Utah has 5 Social Security field offices, 1 Office of Disability Determination Service and 1 Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. These offices can answer all of your questions regarding your Social Security disability application.

Utah Social Security Field Offices

324 25th Street
2nd Floor FOB
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: 1-801-625-5641

485 N Freedom Blvd
Provo, UT 84601
Phone: 1-866-366-9549

923 S River Road
Suite 102
Saint George, UT 84790
Phone: 1-800-772-1213

175 East 400 South
Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 1-801-524-4115

10138 S Jordan Gtwy
South Jordan, UT 84095
Phone: 1-800-690-1947

Office of Disability Determination Services

This office is responsible for making decisions on the disability benefits claims made by individuals. They make decisions based on the following information provided by the claimant:

  • Medical Records
  • Medical and Psychological Evidence
  • Continuing Disability review
  • The applicant s own Statement
Utah Office of Disability Determination Services

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 144032
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-4032
Telephone: 801-321-6500
Fax: 800-221-3493

Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review sets hearings for people who appeal their disability claim denial and releases the decisions regarding the appeals.

Utah Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
125 South State Street, Suite 3102
Salt Lake City, Utah 84138
Telephone: (801) 524-5315
Fax: (801) 524-3348
Services the following Social Security Field Offices:

IDAHO:
Idaho Falls, Pocatello
UTAH:
Cedar City, Moab, Murray, Ogden, Provo, St. George, Salt Lake City


Tulsa Workers Compensation Lawyers: Tulsa Lawyers: Injury While Working: Oklahoma Attorneys #workers’


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If you have been injured on the job or suffered a short term disability from work, contact a Tulsa Worker’s Compensation Lawyer for a FREE Consultation.

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Help If You Have Been Injured On The Job

It’s bad enough that you got hurt on the job; your lost wages could put you in a huge financial hole. The Workers’ Compensation Act in the State of Oklahoma mandates that any person injured while working on the job is entitled to compensation under the law. The only exception, being an employer who has five or less employees, all of which are related by either blood or marriage to said employer.

There are some workers in the agricultural or horticultural field, licensed real estate brokers, household laborers as well as federal employees who are not covered by the law. Individuals employed by an independent contractor are covered under the law by the independent contractor’s insurance. If for some reason, the contractor does not have insurance, the injured individual may be able to get benefits from the principal employer. Contact one of the seasoned Tulsa workers’ compensation lawyers to see if you are eligible .

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Workers Compensation Coverage in Oklahoma – Learn Your Rights if you are Injured on the Job

If for some reason, your employer or does not have coverage, you still may have the right to recover damages for a personal injury which happened while you were employed. This right also extends to the heirs of deceased individuals. If you have been injured on the job or if you lost your spouse to a job related accident, a Tulsa workers’ compensation lawyer can help you obtain what is rightfully yours.

If you are injured while on the job and you are unable to work for more than three calendar days, you can receive weekly benefits equal to 70% of your average weekly wage. The maximum weekly temporary total disability weekly benefits are based on the date of your injury and Oklahoma’s average weekly wage.

If you have been denied a workman’s compensation claim and you have been injured while on the job and unable to work because of that injury, contact a Tulsa lawyer immediately.

Per the law, the maximum a Tulsa workers’ compensation attorney can charge you in a temporary disability case is 10% of the award. In a permanent disability or death case a 20% fee is allowed. All attorney fees are subject to the court’s approval. Direct expenses, to prepare your case for settlement or trial, are not included in the percentages listed above.


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Central Carolina Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates

Latest CCENT News!

Trouble Breathing Through Your Nose? Latest treatment for nasal obstruction is the Latera implant

Nasal obstruction can be caused by many factors including a deviated septum (the wall on the inside of your nose that separates the right and left nasal passages), inferior turbinate hypertrophy (structures within your nose that help warm and humidify the air that enters your nose), or weakened cartilage on the outside of your nose to name a few. If the septum is crooked or the inferior turbinates are large, this problem can be corrected with a septoplasty that straightens the septum or an inferior turbinate reduction. These are relatively easy procedures to perform and typically do not lead to any cosmetic deformity of the nose because the surgery is performed inside your nose.

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Innovative Office Procedure for Chronic Sinusitis Now Available at Central Carolina ENT

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S. afflicting an estimated 37 million Americans each year. Patients suffer from facial pain and pressure, congestion, nasal discharge, and fatigue, among other symptoms. Sinusitis has a significant effect on these patients’ physical, functional, and emotional quality of life.

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CCENT is pleased to announce our new Audiologist Heather Balsley, AuD.

Dr. Balsley is licensed by the NC Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist and certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is also fluent in American Sign Language. Her interests include pediatrics, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, diagnostics and early identification of hearing loss.

CCENT is pleased to announce our new full-time PA, Beth Lisi, PA-C.

Beth was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area. She attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate education, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise in 2009. She then pursued graduate education at Wake Forest University, where she completed a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies in 2012. She worked in gastroenterology prior to joining CCENT.
Beth is licensed by the NC Medical Board and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


Social Security Disability Lawyer Minnesota #social #security #disability #lawyer #minnesota, #long #term


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You have questions about costs, eligibility, claim denials and much more. We have answers.

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We help when you can’t work because of back, neck and spinal cord injuries, heart conditions, chronic pain, and more.

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Mental impairments such as depression, PTSD, anxiety or panic disorders can keep you from working. We can help.

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Long Term Disability Claims Lawyer Fighting for the Benefits You Deserve

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If you are disabled due to an injury or illness and can’t work, getting the medical care you need and paying your monthly bills can be impossible to do without Social Security Disability benefits.

Whatever your situation or individual needs, hiring a skilled lawyer significantly increases your chances for success with either type of benefits claim.

At Midwest Disability. our focus is on helping people get the benefits they’re entitled to under the law. In fact, this is the only work do. And with more than 50 years of combined experience representing the injured and disabled, we can represent you efficiently while providing the personal and caring service you need to overcome today’s difficulties.

Can we help you? Contact us for a free case evaluation .

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Whether it’s an issue in Minnesota or anywhere else in the nation, we are here to make sure that you understand your rights so that you can make the best decisions for yourself and for your family.

Contact us online or call our offices directly at 888-351-0427 for a free case evaluation. All cases are taken on contingency, meaning there are no fees until we recover benefits for you.

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