SSA/Conn Fiasco Update: 9-26-16

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Ned Pillersdorf

9 hrs ·

Eric Conn fiasco update- Judge Thapar today allowed the SSA to file an additional brief in support of their position by 9/30. We can respond. This legal battle involves seven former Conn clients. Can’t help but think Judge Thapar’s ruling will likely have an impact on the other 800. Judge Thapar did indicate at the hearing last wednesday that he would rule quickly. Hope we get a good ruling next week.”

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SSA/Conn Fiasco Update #2: 9-22-16

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Ned Pillersdorf

This is the three year anniversary of Eric Conn pleading guilty in Franklin Circuit to his involvement in a complex campaign money bundling scheme that involved at least 12 other people designed to defraud my wife (Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo’s) 2014 judicial campaign. The lenient misdemeanor probation deal offered Conn was accomplished with zero consultation with the intended victim (Janet), and with the understanding that Conn self report his violation to Kentucky Bar Association.
Ironically today the Supreme Court issued a number lawyer of disciplinary decisions. Guess whose name continues to not be on the lawyer disciplinary list.”

http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/kentucky/article44448657.html

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SSA/Conn Fiasco Update #1: 9-22-16

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Ned Pillersdorf

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Eric Conn fiasco update-Four observations from the oral argument we had in Federal Court yesterday.
1. For the first time the SSA described Conn’s former clients as “victims”
2. The SSA argument as to why we can’t challenge the allegations of fraud during 1487 re-determination hearings is that since the fraud was allegedly committed by others it is un-challengable. If the former clients were accused of committing the fraud they could challenge. The logic of this argument totally escapes me.
3. Judge Thapar on at least three occasions talked about the U.S.
Supreme Court decision in the “Halmdi” case in which an alleged foreign enemy combatant was allowed the right to challenge the allegations against him. He asked the SSA why do the former clients have less rights than terrorists? (his words, not mine).
4. The most bizarre part was the SSA saying that it would be too costly to do new hearings and allow us to challenge the evidence. Tried my best to control my personal outrage to this argument, by pointing out the misery , despair , suicides, as the cost the 1487 were experiencing.
In making these observations, there is still no guarantee we will get a positive ruling. Just offering these observations so those affected will know what is going on.”

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SSA/Conn Fiasco Update: 9-20-16

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Eric Conn fiasco update-last night the Social Security Administration (SSA) filed their pleading in anticipation of the hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 11 am in Federal Court in Pikeville as to seven of Conn’s former clients
In their pleading the SSA left no doubt that the once caring agency that President Roosevelt established to protect the less fortunate, has been hijacked by shameful bureaucrats whose arrogance and disdain for those in this region knows no bounds. They “adamantly” defend their unfair hearings in which evidence of fraud can not be challenged, and declare that it would be too much of a burden on the agency to provide another round of hearings in which those under review could actually challenge the evidence. They conveniently forgot to mention the burden on the 94% of those who have gone through hearings, with 88% of decisions having been reached. As to the 53% who are losing their benefits they never mention the oppressive economic hardship, suicides and emotional fear and grinding panic they have caused among the most vulnerable in the most poverty stricken region in our country.
The more I think about this, it is not only the fate of the 800 plus who will lose their benefits, we are also witnessing the loss of the valuable right to challenge evidence which has even more far reaching devastating effects.
The battle against those who hijacked this once esteemed agency continues.”

 

 

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SSA/Conn Fiasco Update: 9-18-16

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Eric Conn fiasco update-the legal battle over whether 800 former Conn clients will potentially lose their benefits shifts to Federal Court in Pikeville on Wednesday at 11 am. While the hearing on Wednesday only affects seven, Judge Thapar”s ruling could have wide ranging impact.
Pursuant to Judge Thapar’s order we filed a 32 page pleading Friday night that can be viewed on my law office website www.pillersdorflaw.com, Countless hours by the remarkable legal team we assembled went into the pleading, that describes how the Social Security Administration has violated the rights of so many, in so many different ways.
The pleading concludes by comparing the way the SSA has treated it’s citizens, to the way Milo Radulovich was treated during the McCarthy era. Famed journalist Edward R. Murrow courageously challenged the governments expulsion of Radulovich from the Air Force based on secret evidence in a manila envelope that neither he nor his attorney could see or challenge. If you are one of the 800, you also received a manila envelope which discussed a still secret fraud investigation The letter in the manila envelope also advised you that you would subjected to a hearing in which you could not challenge the evidence of fraud.
About 1400 of the hearings have been held, and we will soon find out if the SSA can get way this. While potentially the fate of 800 are at stake, the precedent set, good or bad, could be even more significant.
Urge all to read the pleading, and to share this.”

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SSA Conn Fiasco Update; 9-12-16: Part I and II

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Ned Pillersdorf

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Eric Conn fiasco update- had hearing number 50 today representing Conn’s former clients. Out of frustration started telling the hearing officers that the hearings are reminiscent of the McCarthy era tactics that famed CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow rose to national prominence in denouncing. Specifically noted that Edward R Murrow accurately pointed out that Milo Rudolovich was expelled from the Air Force based on secret evidence in a manila envelope that he nor his attorney could see or challenge.
The 1487 former Conn clients also got manila envelopes telling them that at their hearings they can’t see or challenge this secret SSA investigation that alleged some unspecified fraud. As a result previous medical reports are going to be disregarded, based on a fraud finding that cannot be challenged. In others words you can’t challenge what you are not allowed to see.
The McCarthy era tactics endured too long until heroic figures like Edward R. Murrow helped end that shameful time in our history
Joe McCarthy would likely have no problem with the way these hearings are being conducted.”

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Part II

Ned Pillersdorf

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Eric Conn fiasco update-announcing this Saturday September 17th at the University of Kentucky Law School Courtroom we will have a free three hour seminar to train those interested in helping the estimated 800 former Conn clients in their District Court appeals.
The goal of the seminar is to improve the competence level of those doing the appeals, and to recruit legal assistance for the flood of Conn’s former clients who desperately need representation. UK has invited their law students. The seminar will be from 10 am to 1 pm. Please share.”

I’ve said this before,but….So much for the Bill of Rights and Constitutional rights of citizens😦

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SSA/Conn Fiasco Article; 9-10-16

FBI agent says Conn case part of broader effort to rid Eastern Kentucky of public corruption

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) – Disability attorney Eric C. Conn is the latest in a long line of people from Eastern Kentucky to face charges related to public corruption.

The region has a reputation of not always abiding by the rules when it comes to elections and handling taxpayers’ money.

But the FBI is trying to change that.

Special Agent Howard Marshall, who manages the FBI’s office in Louisville, said the bureau is reallocating agents and resources to Eastern Kentucky as part of its “End Corruption Now” campaign.

Folks can call in tips at (844) KYNOPC1 (596-6721) or e-mail Kentucky_PC_Complaints@ic.fbi.gov.

“Public corruption is our number one criminal priority,” Marshall said Friday during an interview with WYMT. “Certainly we remain focused on national security issues and terrorism is obviously a big deal, but on the criminal side there is no more important violation for us to combat than public corruption.”

Marshall also talked some about the Conn case.

Conn earlier this week pleaded not guilty to charges he schemed with a former judge and others to defraud the Social Security Administration out of millions of dollars.

“When you stop and think about the numbers that are alleged in the indictment – 600 million taxpayer dollars – that’s a huge number,” Marshall said. “To think about what could have been done with that money at a time of shrinking budgets at every level … to think about what could have been done with that money is heartbreaking.”

Federal officials believe a conviction in the Conn case will bolster their efforts to battle corruption across state.

“It undermines the confidence in our systems. It undermines our government’s ability to serve the people,” Marshall said. “Essentially it creates skepticism and cynicism and rightfully so. We should be able to expect honest services from our elected and appointed leaders.”

Conn has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has invested heavily in legal representation to fight the charges.

Marshall promised more indictments related to public corruption in Eastern Kentucky are coming “soon.”

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