The Latest: Disability attorney pleads not guilty to fraud

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Posted: Apr 05, 2016 5:08 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the federal indictment of disability lawyer Eric Conn, who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" (all times local):

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4:45 p.m.

Lawyers for a Kentucky attorney and a psychologist charged in a disability scheme have entered not guilty pleas in federal court for their clients.

Attorney Eric Conn and clinical psychologist Dr. Alfred Bradley Adkins appeared Tuesday in federal court, both wearing hand and leg irons. The men gave brief responses when spoken to by Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier.

Conn remains in custody, with a detention hearing set for Thursday afternoon. Adkins was freed on a personal recognizance bond with the stipulation that he remove from his home firearms that were found there when he was arrested.

Conn, Adkins and former Social Security administrative law judge David Daugherty are accused of colluding to secure millions in federal benefits for Conn's clients while enriching themselves.

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2 p.m.

A Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" has been indicted on charges that he made millions by paying a doctor and a judge to rubber-stamp disability claims using phony medical evidence.

The indictment against Conn, former Social Security administrative law judge David Daugherty and clinical psychologist Dr. Alfred Bradley Adkins was unsealed Tuesday. Among other charges, they have been indicted for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Conn, Daugherty and Adkins are accused of colluding to secure millions in federal benefits for Conn's clients while enriching themselves as well.

Conn's attorney James Deckard declined to comment as he arrived at the courthouse for the defendants' court hearing Tuesday afternoon. Adkins' attorney Jonah Stevens said his client "has the presumption of innocence."