Savannah attorney Benjamin Eichholz sentenced to 21 months in federal prison

Benjamin Eichholz
Benjamin Eichholz
Savannah attorney Benjamin Eichholz and one of his lawyers, Julie Wade, enter the federal courthouse on Wright Square where Eichholz appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith in August.

SAVANNAH -- Savannah attorney Benjamin Eichholz was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison and fined $25,000 for his conviction on obstruction of an investigation into his mishandling of pension and retirement accounts in his law firm.

Chief U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. also ordered Eichholz to spend three years under supervised release after his custody time, to pay restitution of $50,117.36 to those who lost money in the accounts and to complete 150 hours of community service within 18 months after his release from prison.

He allowed Eichholz to voluntarily surrender to the prison chosen for him by the government by 2 p.m. May 11.

Eichholz, 59,  pleaded guilty Dec. 29 on one count of obstruction of justice contained in a 77-count indictment charging him with embezzlement, money laundering and related charges in connection with employee retirement and pension plans held in his firm.



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