UPDATE: Pikeville social security lawyer arrested in Honduras
A Honduran newspaper is reporting that fugitive Kentucky attorney Eric C. Conn has been apprehended in the Central American nation.
The newspaper, El Heraldo, says Conn was caught coming out of a restaurant in a mall, according to NBC affiliate WLEX.
Authorities had been tracking Conn for a couple of weeks, the newspaper says.
The report says he is expected to be transferred to the United States on Tuesday.
Conn's attorney, Scott White, issued a statement on Monday evening:
"It does appear from the reporting that Eric was taken into custody by some uniformed group in Honduras," White's said. "If in fact Eric has been lawfully captured and is legally returned, the, as I told you in June, this comes as no surprise ... the FBI usually gets their man."
The FBI had been looking for Conn for about six months.
Conn pleaded guilty earlier this year in a multimillion-dollar Social Security disability scheme. In early June he went on the run before sentencing.
His ankle monitor was found discarded on Interstate Highway 75 when he was allegedly coming to consult with his attorney about testifying in the trial of a co-conspirator.
Someone claiming to be Conn sent cryptic faxes to several media outlets and attorney Ned Pillersdorf, who is representing many of the clients whose disability benefits were suspended as a result of the federal investigation.
Meanwhile, one of Conn's former employees faces federal charges.
Curtis Lee Wyatt, of Raccoon, Ky., is accused of conspiring with Conn on his escape. An indictment said that in late April Wyatt crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., and Columbus, N.M., to check security measures.
According to the indictment, Wyatt purchased a 2002 white Dodge Ram pickup truck from in Somerset, Kentucky. He asked the seller to register the truck in Kalispell, Montana, under the name Disability Services LLC for the purpose of facilitating Conn's escape. The truck was paid for in cash for $3,435.
The indictment says Wyatt also opened a bank account for Conn. Wyatt has pleaded not guilty.
The FBI was offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads them to Conn.