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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - His cartoonish commercials and daring escape captured headlines, but hundreds of victims of Eric C. Conn aren't laughing. 

One Floyd County attorney represents 800 of Conn's former clients who were impacted by his social security scheme.

Attorney Ned Pillersdorf sat in the courtroom on Wednesday as Eric C. Conn pleaded not guilty to his additional escape charges.

"Hopefully will now shift the focus back to what's happening to them (victims), which they've been treated unfairly," said Pillersdorf.

Conn made a fortune representing people, mostly in eastern Kentucky, applying for disability payments. But he faced prison and millions in fines when authorities revealed he'd been bribing a doctor and a judge to get many of those cases approved.

Besides taxpayers, Pillersdorf says Conn has other victims who have been judged guilty by association.

"But the Social Security Administration has taken away benefits. They've taken away benefits from about 800 people. There have been 1500 hearings approximately, 800 of my clients have lost their benefits and are going without," said Pillersdorf.

He says since the notice about the scheme came out two and a half years ago, his office has faced a humanitarian crisis for Conn's victims.

"We've got 800 desperate people here. These people are trying to live on $820 a month. They have no savings. The SSA is now demanding they pay back $100,000. We've had at least three confirmed suicides. In my opinion, the true number is probably seven or eight," said Pillersdorf.

Pillersdorf says he'll be following the proceedings closely as Conn's assets are revealed, and his focus will remain on helping his clients recover.

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