ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An attorney wanted on what the FBI calls one of the biggest social security fraud cases in history was spotted in New Mexico.
Photos taken last month show Conn at a gas station in Santa Rosa and at a Walmart in Deming.
“This is an important case. This probably one of the most important cases that we are working today,” said Special Agent Amy Hess.
Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government by filing fake disability claims and bribing a judge in a $550 million social security fraud case. Conn was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday.
While on house arrest, Conn removed his tracking device and skipped town.
“He violated his agreement. As a result he should be held accountable. This is a very meaningful case to a great number of people, and to me that’s where the FBI should be,” said Hess.
Conn’s lawyer is pleading with him to turn himself in.
“Come testify. Come cooperate. You will get the 12 years but you’ll also get cooperation. You might do less than twelve years,” said his attorney Scott White.
The FBI believes Conn fled using the van of a co-conspirator who also supplied the tools for his escape. The agency says they located the van near the border of Mexico but don’t have any evidence that he crossed the border.
After running away, Conn sent a fax taunting prosecutors saying he had a year to plan his escape and “the game is afoot.”