March 22, 2018
In February 2018, the Social Security Administration announced that they would be reviewing nearly 2000 additional cases of persons who were former clients of disgraced Kentucky attorney Eric Conn. Conn was convicted of defrauding the government out of $550 million in Social Security disability payments in a scheme that involved administrative law judges and expert witness doctors. As a result of the initial arrest, the Social Security Administration reviewed approximately 1500 cases of persons who had previously been awarded disability. Beginning in May 2015, Legal Aid of West Virginia was able to coordinate resources to assist West Virginia residents who were having their disability cases reviewed. Again, Legal Aid of West Virginia will deploy resources to assist clients affected by this decision to reconsider their cases. If you get a notice from the Social Security Administration that your benefits are being reconsidered, you may contact Legal Aid of West Virginia, at 1-866-255-4370 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information about applying for help go here. Persons with hearing impairment should use the 7-1-1 WV Relay service. Go here for more information. You can also find information here, on our website.