The shocking true-crime documentary series ‘The Big Conn’ elaborates on the biggest social security fraud in national history. CreatedBy James Lee Hernandez Brian LazarteIt follows Eric C. ConnA bigshot social security lawyer from Pikeville, KentuckyTogether with his four accomplices, he managed to defraud federal government for more that $600 million in social insurance payments. While Eric’s role in everything is intricately explained, another key player in the entire incident who cannot be ignored is Judge David DaughertyThe scheme was allegedly started by. So now, let’s discuss more about his role as well as the circumstances of his death.
How Did Judge David Daugherty Help Eric Conn?
Since 1990, Judge David Black DaughertyFrom Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaThe following was written by: Administrative Law JudgeAt the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) hearing office in Huntington, West Virginia. InIn 2004, he began to search for pending disability claims cases with a social security lawyer. Eric Conn’s clients and even began reassigning cases from other judges’ dockets to himself. DaughertyThen follow the instructions ConnProvide medical evidence documentation for mental or physical disabilities.
Conn solicited Dr. Alfred Adkins Dr. Frederick T. Huffnagle(now deceased), to approve all medical documentation after assessments of his client, regardless of whether or not they qualify for disability benefits. OnceThe documentation was sent to DaughertyHe expedited the process and approved all cases. Conn’s clients, often without the requisite hearing as well. ThisHis approval rate for disability benefits cases was 99.71% between them. September9 March2011 despite the 60% average approval rate in such cases. For this, ConnThe judge was paid $8,000 in hard money each month.
TheThe entire arrangement was maintained until the end. April2011. DaughertyReceived $609,000 in cash total ConnApproximately 3,149 cases DueConsequently, the SSA was obligated by the judge to pay $550,000,000 in lifetime disability benefits for claimants whose cases were approved. AfterInvestigations into the matter began in 2011. DaughertyHe was placed on leave, and he retired as a judge from the SSA office. In October2013 finally saw a hearing before the U.S. Senate panel in WashingtonD.C. Daughertywas to appear together with Conn, Adkins, Judge Charles AndrusPreviously, he was the chief justice of the SSA office. Huntington.
AndrusWhen questioned about why he had not taken action against him, he replied that he didn’t know. Daugherty despite numerous complaints. MeanwhileThe latter did not appear before the panel and allegedly tried suicide on his own. October 13, 2013. WhileHe was not charged with contempt but the investigation against him continued. In April2016 he together with Conn, AdkinsHe was indicted and taken into custody, but he pleaded guilty. DaughertyThere were five total charges against him: two counts of mailfraud, two counts wirefraud, and one count conspiracy to commit money laundering.
OnOn the other side, ConnIn his plea deal, he revealed that DaughertyThe one who orchestrated the whole thing. He shared that the former judge had approached him for $5,000 quick cash to cover his niece’s alleged drug rehabilitation treatment, with the lure that he had the power to approve disability claims. AfterAnother cash deal of this nature will be made the following month. ConnBy paying, the agreement was accepted. Daugherty$400 for each case he approves. Moreover, he paid each month’s total earnings in small cash installments, to evade the Treasury Department. AsFor the series DaughertyLater, he was admitted to the same.
How Did Judge David Daugherty Die?
In May 2017, David DaughertyHe pleaded guilty in two counts to receiving illegal gratuities. AfterHe accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to four year imprisonment with an order to pay over $93million in restitution. AtHe died at the age of 83 from complications due to his health. UniversityThis is Kentucky Medical CenterIn Lexington, KentuckyOn October19, 2019, while being held. HeHe is survived by his wife, two daughters and four grandchildren.
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