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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) – Eric C. Conn’s former clients relive the stories of their social security problems on a daily basis.
“For the past seven years, I’ve probably dealt with a Conn client almost every single day,” Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf said. “The nightmare never ends.”
Pillersdorf said for many of the people he represents losing their benefits and the threat of further hearings to re-determine eligibility has created seemingly insurmountable obstacles. But even with the potential for around 2,000 more SSA hearings on the horizon – which has been on hold due to the pandemic – Pillersdorf believes there are little signs of hope.
Governor Andy Beshear sent a letter to President Biden on May 5, 2021, discussing 500 former clients in need, asking the President to intervene “to help these 500 Appalachians reap their benefits by ordering the SSA to reintroduce immediately. these benefits. “
Congressman Hal Rogers sent a letter to SSA’s acting commissioner in July, asking SSA to create exemptions for overpayments to former customers and let their benefits continue as SSA concludes its re-determination hearings. He said in the letter, “these people are victims of fraud, not the perpetrators, and it is time for their insecurity and anxiety to cease.”
With suicide and other difficulties associated with the “debacle,” Pillersdorf said the stories of the former clients should be higher than the story of Conn. And he hopes that new project from Apple will be the answer to that.
“This documentary will be released worldwide. That, the letter from Governor Beshear, and the fact that we have won in court? Hopefully, it will make the Social Security Administration finally withdraw and leave our vulnerable neighbors at peace, He said. “Hopefully the documentary will reveal how badly they have abused the Conn clients and finally make this nightmare end.”
“The Big Conn” is a four-part true crime documentary series that follows Conn’s case, released on Apple TV +. Pillersdorf was part of the process, interviewing the film crew for the documentary.
According to a news release from Apple, “All four parts of the series will premiere along with an Apple TV + Original companion podcast that will explore Conn’s con and monstrous lifestyle further with additional interviews and behind-the-scenes details.
“The truth is: a powerful, well-written documentary can change history,” Pillersdorf said.
Now, though he has yet to see the series, Pillersdorf is on his way to Austin, Texas for the premiere of the first two hours at the South by Southwest Film Festival on Wednesday. The series is expected to air on Apple TV + on May 6, along with an accompanying podcast on Apple Podcasts the same day.
Pillersdorf said he hopes the latest letters, the latest changes to SSA staff and the story being shared on a platform like Apple will work to the benefit of customers.
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