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Fugitive Wanted By FBI For Defrauding U.S. Government Over $500 Million Spotted In New Mexico

on July 14, 2017 - 5:40pm
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Pilot gas station in Santa Rosa. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A fugitive wanted for defrauding the U.S. government of more than half-a-billion dollars was spotted in New Mexico in June.
 
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Walmart is in Deming. Courtesy/FBI
 
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Friday sentenced Eric C. Conn in absentia to 12 years in prison and ordered him to pay almost $170,000,000 in restitution, a $50,000 fine, and a forfeiture judgment of $5,750,404.
 
More details about the case: statement-of-special-agent-in-charge-amy-s-hess-regarding-fugitive-eric-c-conn
 
The Albuquerque FBI Division has released two photos of a man believed to be Conn while he was in New Mexico in early June. One is from a Pilot gas station in Santa Rosa and the other is at a Walmart in Deming.
 
Anyone with information about Conn's whereabouts is asked to call FBI Louisville at 502.263.6000.
 

Statement of Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess regarding  fugitive Eric C. Conn:

This morning, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky sentenced Eric C. Conn 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.

Last month, prior to sentencing, Eric Conn fled prosecution for defrauding the United States Government of over half a billion dollars. Since that time, the FBI has worked diligently to locate Conn and will continue to do so until he is brought back to justice.

The negative impact of Conn’s presence in our community will be felt for generations. His flight from prosecution has diminished any legitimacy and integrity he once held as an attorney and officer of the court.  

Through our investigation we discovered that Conn fled using a truck owned and registered by a co-conspirator to a dummy company in Montana. This coconspirator also supplied Conn with other materials to assist him. The FBI traced the truck to where it was ultimately abandoned for us to find in New Mexico near the border.  

Along the way, Conn made several stops including a gas station and a Walmart in New Mexico. On both occasions, Conn’s activities were captured on video surveillance.  
There is no indication at this time that Conn crossed the border into Mexico.  

Conn continues to become isolated from family, friends, and associates who are turning their backs on him or are rendered unable to help him. His resources are continually dwindling.  
 
We are actively seizing bank accounts and disrupting other means of support while pursuing law enforcement action against co-conspirators in his flight. It is in the best interest of anyone helping him to cooperate with law enforcement and avoid criminal charges for providing aid to him.

Currently there is a reward of $20,000 in place for any information that leads to Conn’s location and arrest.

We are releasing the surveillance photos of Conn which show his current appearance. People who have had contact with Conn should immediately provide that information to law enforcement.

The community is asked to call FBI Louisville at 502.263.6000 with any information regarding Eric Conn.
 


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