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Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the indictment of Kentucky attorney Eric C. Conn for his alleged role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $600 million in federal disability payments:

"The indictment of Eric C. Conn - a Kentucky attorney who called himself "Mr. Social Security" and is alleged to have stolen millions from the disabled - is long overdue and is an important step toward fixing our broken Social Security Disability Insurance program. I'm grateful to former Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) for his efforts to help shine a spotlight on this problem throughout his career. Mr. Conn is accused of raiding millions from Social Security Disability Insurance -a program that is critical to thousands of Arkansans. Regrettably, this indictment won't be enough to preserve the long-term solvency of Social Security Disability Insurance. For too long, Congress has failed to act to help those on disability who can recover and get back to work. As a result, the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund remains in danger of insolvency. Congress must act to save this important program. In the coming weeks, I will work with my colleagues to introduce commonsense reforms that will ensure the long-term solvency of Social Security Disability Insurance."