Congressmen spearheading an investigation said retired administrative law judge David Daugherty colluded with lawyer Eric Conn to approve over 1,800 disability cases between 2006 and 2010, with Senator Tom Coburn (Republican-Oklahoma) saying at a committee hearing on Monday, October 7 that they “exploited the program for their own benefit.”
A Senate homeland and security governmental affairs committee report shows that the Social Security Administration paid Conn’s law firm, which specializes in disability cases in Stanville, Kentucky, over $4.5 million in attorney fees from cases heard by Daugherty, whose bank records contained $96,000 in unexplained cash deposits.
According to committee chairman Senator Tom Carper (Democrat-Delaware), Daugherty left the hearing before he could be called to testify.
Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon did not provide information as to whether they will conduct an investigation on the matter.
The Wall Street Journal first raised suspicion over the Conn-Daugherty partnership in 2011.
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