Thursday, September 17, 2015

Disability beneficiaries to have eligibility Re-determined

(AP) — The Social Security Administration is evaluating whether a Floyd County attorney's former clients should keep their disability payments.

Starting Thursday, as many as 1,787 people who receive federal disability benefits will be required to participate in hearings to re-determine their eligibility.

The individuals were represented by attorney Eric Conn. Congressional investigators believe Conn used fraudulent information to help secure the benefits.

Conn has denied the allegations and hasn't been charged.

Attorneys for the hundreds of people who had their benefits temporarily suspended earlier this year have sued the SSA, asking a federal judge to stop the hearings. There's no timetable for the judge's decision.

Attorney Ned Pillersdorf, who heads the legal team representing the beneficiaries, encourages anyone required to attend a redetermination hearing to seek legal representation.