Curtis Lee Wyatt Indicted for Offenses Related to the Escape of Fugitive Eric C. Conn
In an unsealed indictment, Curtis Lee Wyatt, together with Eric Christopher Conn, was charged by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to escape and conspiracy to fail to appear. Wyatt was also charged with instigating, aiding, and assisting escape; aiding and abetting failure to appear; and making false statements. Conn was additionally charged with escape and failure to appear.
“As previously stated, we will work diligently to find Mr. Conn and bring him to justice, with the expectation that those who aided in his escape be charged as well,” said Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess of the Louisville FBI. “The indictment shows that we upheld that promise and will not rest until he is held accountable for the lives he impacted and the trust he betrayed. We will continue to pursue Mr. Conn and will bring all available resources to bear until he returns to face the consequences of his actions."
On July 14, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky sentenced Conn in absentia to 12 years’ of imprisonment for offenses related to a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration of more than $550 million in disability benefits. Conn remains a fugitive from justice.
Counts one and four of the September 6, 2017 indictment allege that Conn and Wyatt, as well as an unindicted co-conspirator, conspired to effectuate Conn’s escape from custody and failure to appear for sentencing as ordered by United States District Court. Specifically, the indictment alleges that Conn, through a bank account opened by Wyatt and controlled by an unindicted co-conspirator, transferred money outside the United States. According to the indictment, Wyatt, at Conn’s direction, crossed the United States-Mexico border at different locations to assess the security measures in place and identification required at various checkpoints, and further purchased a vehicle in cash, registering the same in Montana for the purpose of facilitating an undetected escape by Conn.
Count three alleges that Wyatt assisted and aided Conn escape from home confinement. Count four alleges that Wyatt aided and abetted Conn in the offense of failure to appear as required by the terms of Conn’s release prior to sentencing. Additionally, count five alleges that Wyatt made a false statement to the FBI concerning the vehicle described in the preceding paragraph.
Wyatt is scheduled to make his initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier on October 18, 2017.
Currently there is a reward of $20,000 in place for any information that leads to Conn’s location and arrest. The community is asked to call FBI Louisville at (502) 263-6000 with any information regarding Conn.
An indictment is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty