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Person claiming to be fugitive lawyer claims help in escape

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Someone claiming to be a fugitive Kentucky lawyer told a newspaper he had help in his escape while awaiting sentencing in a massive Social Security fraud case.

In an email to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the person purporting to be Eric Conn said his only assistance was “from someone who is absolutely insusceptible to the reach of American law.”

The FBI has said Conn’s electronic monitoring device was found June 2 in Lexington along an interstate. Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge in a nearly $600 million Social Security fraud case. He was facing up to 12 years in prison and had agreed to pay the government millions of dollars.

Emails sent to the paper included an offer of terms of surrender.

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