Opinion: The legacy of ‘Honest Dick’ Tate

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By Stuart W. Sanders

Kentucky attorney Eric C. Conn, who fled the country after pleading guilty to charges of Social Security fraud, has been captured in Honduras and returned to the United States after being on the run for nearly six months.

The international escape of this Kentucky lawyer harkens back to the case of Kentucky State Treasurer “Honest Dick” Tate, who served in that position from 1867 until 1888.

Although Kentuckians had put great trust in Tate, he was anything but honest. And, like Conn, he fled the country.

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