Yet another successful lawyer has shot himself in the foot. This time the miscreant is Eric Conn. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
Conn's website identified him as MrSocialSecurity. His legal niche had been getting Social Security Disability payments for his clients.
And, it turns out, thousands of them were declared eligible because Conn was able to falsify data. One alleged source was clinical psychologist Alfred Adkins who had entered a non-guilty plea. Conn also allegedly paid off Social Security administrative judge David Daugherty who also said he was not guilty.
In the process $550 million was sucked out of the Social Security Administration. Conn entered a guilty plea to one count of theft of government money and one count of payment of gratuities.
The question remains unanswered: Why do lawyers doing well risk blowing up their careers through greed? My hunch is that they see themselves as a whole lot smarter than the rest of us. So, they put together illegal schemes. They can't envision getting caught. End of that story. In pop culture, on "The Good Wife," Will Gardner embezzled from his Baltimore law firm.
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