LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New pictures show fugitive Kentucky lawyer Eric Conn on the run, as he is formally sentenced to prison on federal fraud charges.
The FBI released surveillance photos of what they say are Conn on the run. The images are from a gas station and a Walmart in New Mexico. The truck Conn was driving was abandoned in New Mexico near the border. But the FBI says there is no indication Conn crossed the border into Mexico.
Conn pleaded guilty in March to his role in a $550 million social security fraud scheme involving Conn, a doctor, bogus medical reports and a federal judge. Over the course of a decade, Conn's firm received $23 million dollars from the government.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Friday sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison, ordered him to pay almost $170,000,000 in restitution, a $50,000 fine, and a forfeiture judgment of $5,750,404.
The FBI also released an updated "Wanted Poster" showing how Conn's appearance has changed.
Conn took off in June before he was to be sentenced. He cut off his ankle monitor, threw it on the side of a highway and disappeared. Conn has twice sent emails to his lawyer and a Lexington newspaper claiming he left the country. But the FBI vows to track him down.
The agency says Conn is now isolated from family, friends and associates who may have been helping him. And the government continues to seize bank accounts and target co-conspirators.
Conn speaks multiple languages, has crossed the border 140 times in the past decade and had told at least six people he would flee the country instead of going to jail. He surrendered his passport in April 2016 after being indicted. An accomplice outside the country obtained a fake passport for him, an email said.
There is a $20,000 reward for information that leads to his location and arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI Louisville office at (502) 263-6000.
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