FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Kentucky woman is suing an attorney who helped get disability benefits for her now-deceased husband, blaming the attorney for her husband's suicide after the Social Security Administration cut off those benefits.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Floyd County Circuit Court says the benefits were cut off because officials suspected the attorney, Eric Conn, was engaged in fraud. Emma Burchett says her husband stopped taking his antidepressants after the monthly check of $1,036 was suspended in May. Burchett was one of 900 people whose checks were suspended.
The lawsuit says Leroy Burchett shot and killed himself June 1. Benefits were temporarily restored on June 4.
Conn has not been charged with a crime. His attorney called it a tragic case but said Conn bears no responsibility. He blamed the Social Security Administration for suspending the benefits without a hearing.