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Former Employee Accused Of Helping Eric C. Conn Escape

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(LEX 18) A former employee of fugitive attorney Eric C. Conn is accused of helping him plan his escape, as explained in a federal indicted that was unsealed Monday. 

Curtis Lee Wyatt, of Raccoon, Kentucky, is accused of conspiring with Conn on his escape. The indictment said that on or about April 23, Wyatt crossed the US- Mexico border at the Nogales, Arizona pedestrian checkpoint to assess the security measures in place. Then on or about April 24, the indictment claims he did the same thing at the Columbus, New Mexico checkpoint.

According to the indictment, Wyatt purchased a 2002 white Dodge Ram pickup truck from a seller in Somerset, Kentucky. He asked the seller to register the truck in Kalispell, Montana under the name Disability Services LLC for the purpose of facilitating Conn's escape. The truck was paid for in cash for $3,435. 

A Faraday bag was shipped from an online retailer on or around May 10 to Wyatt's address. The indictment said that Conn ordered the Faraday bag for the purpose of concealing, blocking, and suppressing the electronic signals sent to or received by his monitoring device he was wearing for his home incarceration. On May 17, Wyatt downloaded an app on his phone to test the Faraday bag's effectiveness.

Investigators say Wyatt parked the Dodge Ram at the Pikeville Garage between the third and fourth floors. On or around June 1, Conn drove a black Toyota Highlander that he had purchased himself from Pikeville to Lexington. He had approval from the USPO to do so. On or around that same day, the indictment says Wyatt drove the Dodge Ram to Lexington and delivered it to Conn with the Faraday bag.

On or around June 2, Wyatt drove the Highlander from Lexington to the Pikeville Garage and then returned the keys to the vehicle to a person labeled in the indictment as "Unindicted co-conspirator A". Unindicted co-Conspirator A sent Conn a text saying, "The car is a done thing. I need to do something with what was sent back to me from the car. I don't have any place to put it."

Between June and June 3, Conn drove the Dodge to Columbus, New Mexico without permission from the USPO or US District Court, escaping custody., 

At some point, officials say Wyatt opened a bank account for Conn, by Conn's request. The Unindicted co-conspirator A transferred money into the account. 

The indictment charges Conn with Conspiracy to Escape, Escape, Conspiracy to Fail to Appear, and Failure to Appear.

The indictment charges Wyatt with Conspiracy to Escape, Instigating, Aiding, Assisting Escape, Conspiracy to Fail to Appear, Aiding and Abetting Failure to Appear, and making false statements. 

According to the indictments, the counts listed each have penalties of no more than five years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines, and three years supervised release, plus a mandatory special assessment of $100 per count. 

The FBI is still offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads them to Conn.  Wyatt will appear in federal court on Wednesday.

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