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Georgia attorney faces 77 count indictment August 10, 2009

Posted by jefhenningeresq in News.
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This is pretty sad.  As an attorney, Eichholz should have known that he should have another attorney talk for him.  Instead, he allegedly tried to cover everything up which, as always, only makes everything worse.  Lesson for today, if the Department of Labor comes knocking, call an attorney right away; even if you are an attorney yourself!

SAVANNAH, GA—Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced today the return of a seventy-seven count indictment by the federal grand jury against Savannah attorney Benjamin Sheftall Eichholz, age 58, charging an alleged scheme to embezzle more than $950,000 from employee pension benefit plans established to provide retirement benefits to present and former employees of the Eichholz Law Firm. The charges against Eichholz include Embezzlement from Employee Pension Benefit Plans in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 664; Money Laundering in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1957; Mail Fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341; False Statements in Documents Required to be Filed by ERISA in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1027; Obstruction of Justice in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1505; and False Statements in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.

The indictment alleges that beginning in or before 2001 and continuing to in or about October 2008, through a variety of different means, Eichholz embezzled more than $950,000 from two employee pension benefit plans at the Eichholz Law Firm, and then repeatedly executed, mailed and filed false documents with the United States Department of Labor in order to both execute and conceal his embezzlement. The indictment further alleges that during an investigation by the United States Department of Labor of Eichholz and the two employee pension benefit plans at the Eichholz Law Firm, Eichholz made numerous false statements to an investigator with the Department of Labor, and committed other acts to obstruct justice, in a further effort to cover up his embezzlement from the employee pension benefit plans.

Booth noted that, if convicted of the charges, Eichholz faces the following maximum statutory penalties:

Counts One Through Thirty – Embezzlement from Employee Pension Benefit Plans
Imprisonment for not more than five (5) years;
Fine of up to $250,000 (18 U.S.C. § 3571), or both;
Not more than three (3) years supervised release (18 U.S.C. § 3583);

Counts Thirty-One Through Thirty-Four – Money Laundering
Imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years;
Fine of up to $250,000 (18 U.S.C. § 3571), or both;
Not more than 3 years supervised release (18 U.S.C. § 3583);

Counts Thirty-Five Through Forty-Four -Mail Fraud
Imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) years;
Fine of up to $250,000 (18 U.S.C. §3571);
Not more than three (3) years Supervised Release (18 U.S.C. 3583);

Counts Forty-Five Through Fifty-Four False Statements in Documents Required to be Filed by ERISA
Imprisonment for not more than five (5) years;
Fine of up to $250,000 (18 U.S.C. §3571);
Not more than three (3) years Supervised Release (18 U.S.C. 3583);

Count Fifty-Five – Obstruction of Proceedings Before Departments, Agencies, and Committees
Imprisonment for not more than five (5) years;
Fine of up to $250,000 (18 U.S.C. §3571);
Not more than three (3) years Supervised Release (18 U.S.C. 3583);

Counts Fifty-Six Through Seventy-Seven – False Statements
Imprisonment for not more than five (5) years;
Fine of up to $250,000 (18 U.S.C. §3571);
Not more than three (3) years Supervised Release (18 U.S.C. 3583);

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1. Jerry - October 22, 2009

imagine the files of paperwork in discovery when dealing with this case…

2. J - March 7, 2011

Law professor Jack Clausen, a couple of years earlier, pulbished an abstract of American Bar Association’s survey which had concluded that most white collar crimes including document forgeries were committed by lawyers. The recent public revelations of ROBO-SIGNERS of loan documents by lawyers, and their staff, is further proof to that. Almost all lobyiest (Bribers) are lawyers. Bar associatioins encourage attorney crimes by refusing to take any actions against those whom proof of forgery, perjury, and other crimes are documented.


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