In absentia, a judge sentenced him to the maximum punishment of 12 years in prison. Conn only spoke when asked questions by the U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier and offered brief replies.
White said Conn started serving his 12-year sentence as soon as he was transferred to the custody of the USA government.
"The United States is the only victim", said Lexington attorney Scott White.
"They were extremely gratified that he was caught.from the standpoint of he's finally going to face the music", attorney Mark Wohlander said.
Now 57 according to his Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted poster, Conn faces many more years in prison if convicted of charges related to his escape.
Fugitive Eric Conn, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to defrauding Social Security for half a billion dollars, couldn't resist signing onto the internet while on the lam in Honduras. "Let's just say that all those people where frauds, because that's what the government calculated the penalty on".
US federal agents spent months tracking Conn, who cut off his electronic monitor and fled in June.
Authorities in Honduras on Monday arrested a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to charges over his role in a more than $550 million disability fraud scheme, months after he fled US law enforcement, Honduran officials said.
The same indictment claims Conn hatched his escape plot around June 2016, two months after he was first indicted and a year before his disappearance. "Social Security." He fueled that flamboyant persona with outlandish TV commercials and small-scale replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial at his office in eastern Kentucky.
Donna Dye's husband, Timothy, was among the throngs of Conn's clients who had to fight to keep their disability checks.
Through his attorney, Conn pleaded not guilty Wednesday. As part of the fallout, the Social Security Administration identified about 1,500 beneficiaries who were made to undergo hearings, he said.