U.S. District Judge
The government had sought a total of
Judgments against Conn are piling up, however, so it's not clear how much of the money the whistle-blowers can collect.
Conn pleaded guilty
That deal calls for him to pay the government
Conn admitted he submitted false medical information in seeking disability checks for more than 1,700 people, and said he paid about
Wohlander said his clients,
Both worked at the
"This did not have to happen."
Griffith said she thinks the
One reason Daugherty completed more cases was because he issued decisions in many of Conn's cases without holding hearings.
Griffith said she and Carver faced retaliation for reporting suspected wrongdoing in the Huntington SSA office.
A supervisor issued unjustified warnings about her performance and began following her around the office and to the bathroom to time her activities, Griffith said.
Griffith said she ended up on anti-anxiety medication and multiple blood-pressure medications. After the supervisor said she intended to get rid of Griffith, Griffith left the agency in
Griffith said she didn't find another good-paying job for years. She lost a car and almost lost her house.
As for Carver, a former head judge in the
Andrus met with Conn and they decided to have Carver followed to try to document her abusing a policy that allowed employees to work outside the office.
Andrus had another employee give Carver's schedule to Conn, and Conn paid someone to follow her and try to videotape incriminating evidence, even submitting a faked tape at one point, according to court records.
Andrus has not been sentenced.
Wohlander said their efforts also ultimately led to the criminal case against Conn.
Wohlander said they hope to work out a settlement with the government for a share of what it collects.
Griffith said she understands she and Carver may end up with little money despite the judgment, but that they didn't go into the case looking to enrich themselves.
"We wanted to see it stopped and we wanted to see the appropriate people punished," Griffith said. "I couldn't have lived with myself if I'd let it go."
Conn also faces a lawsuit in
Pillersdorf said one potential source of money in that case is Conn's malpractice insurance.
However, the company has denied to cover Conn on the malpractice claim. Conn is suing to force it to pay.
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