LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The fugitive Kentucky lawyer who pleaded guilty to defrauding the government of nearly $600 million was captured Saturday in Honduras.
The FBI confirms law enforcement officials in the country captured Eric Conn in the city of La Ceiba as he attempted to leave a Pizza Hut.
According to local newspaper reports, Conn was leaving the restaurant when he was arrested by investigators, who had been following him for weeks.
Conn was scheduled to be sentenced in July. He was released on bail last year, pleaded guilty in March 2017 and had been ordered to pay more than $30 million in damages. Conn disappeared in June after removing the electronic monitoring device he was ordered to wear as a condition of his release.
Conn was due to be transferred to the U.S. on Tuesday, marking the end of a six month, 3,000 mile manhunt.
"As promised, Mr. Conn will now be held accountable for his actions, the people he deceived and the lives he shattered, including all the victims of his greed in Eastern Kentucky," Amy Hess, FBI Special Agent in Charge said Tuesday. "We implored him to cooperate in order to best serve the community that he was once a part of and to bring him in safely. He refused to do so."
A wanted man since Conn cut off his ankle bracelet and skipped town in June, the FBI originally seemed to come up empty-handed. Agents interviewed family and friends, analyzed email, seized bank accounts even searched the house of Conn's mother.
Conn was last spotted at a Walmart in New Mexico, where it is believed he crossed the border into Mexico and them apparently continued south to Honduras.
Following the news of Conn's arrest, his attorney Scott White issued the following statement Monday night:
While on the run, Conn was sentenced to the maximum 12 years in prison and he agreed to pay restitution to social security of $107 million dollars.
He now faces additional charges for trying to flee.