Savannah attorney Benjamin Eichholz sentenced to 21 months in federal prison

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 5:55 AM
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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.

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.   John Carrington/Savannah Morning News
John Carrington/Savannah Morning News
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.

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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Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/30/10 - 06:36 am
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However, his sentence will be

However, his sentence will be served by Robert Vaughn.

Indigo
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Indigo 03/30/10 - 06:44 am
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One call thats all!.....oops,

One call thats all!.....oops, wrong criminal LOL

isaidit
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isaidit 03/30/10 - 07:16 am
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You really have to think

You really have to think twice when you deal with "TV attorneys". A friend hired Ken N. firm, and after a solid year, had heard nothing about her case. Made calls, none were returned, went to the local office, was told no one was available to speak to her, but was assured her case was being handled and close to being settled; then got the "bums rush" to the door! After a few more attempts to contact the attorney assigned to her case, and again not having calls returned.....fired that firm, retrieved her case file which revealed nothing had been done about her claim. Nothing! Hired another law firm located on Washington Rd, and in less than a year, her case settled for over 100K. Fortunately we have excellent attorneys in Augusta that don't have to flood the media with commercials and obsolete Hollywood celebs on their last leg, and whole page adds on the back of phone books. Beware of those firms that employ an army of para legals to do the work for them......Thank me later.

isaidit
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isaidit 03/30/10 - 07:21 am
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That's funny Indigo. Good

That's funny Indigo. Good one, LMAO.

Linthead
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Linthead 03/30/10 - 08:55 am
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Maybe he should call Jackson

Maybe he should call Jackson Massey massey massey.....

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/30/10 - 09:18 am
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The judge took one look at

The judge took one look at him and said:"I mean business."

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 03/30/10 - 09:24 am
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ManInTheMirror, you took the

ManInTheMirror, you took the words right out of my mouth.

luther39
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luther39 03/30/10 - 09:41 am
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Don't expect the ads to

Don't expect the ads to disappear any time soon. His son, who shares the same name, is also an attorney and will be managing the firm. That is why they changed the advertising from "Benjamin Eichholz" to the "Eichholz" law firm some months ago.

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Hatfield0278 03/30/10 - 09:46 am
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Tell him YOU MEAN BUSINESS!

Tell him YOU MEAN BUSINESS!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/30/10 - 10:29 am
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I think they went light on

I think they went light on him, there is no mention if he will have to surrender his license to practice law, or be disbarred. $50,000 is not a lot of money to someone like him, so he must have gotten greedy.

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Dan White 03/30/10 - 10:37 am
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People who claim education is

People who claim education is the answer to all ills and to poverty, take note. Here is a man who is highly educated who is now a convicted criminal. Education is not THE answer. It may be "an" answer, but not THE answer!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/30/10 - 11:07 am
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greenjacket - you are tight,

greenjacket - you are tight, it is ALL character and morals. How poor would you have to be to steal? Me neither...
themaninthemirror - his disbarment will be automatic and is not imposed by the court but by the Georgia State Bar Association, so he will lose his ability to earn a living in his chosen profession.

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themaninthemirror 03/30/10 - 11:19 am
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Thanks, Dixieman- Imagine

Thanks, Dixieman- Imagine doing all that for a measly $50,000, which he will now have to repay. What was he thinking?

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Dan White 03/30/10 - 11:20 am
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maninmirror - He was thinking

maninmirror - He was thinking GREED! How much is enough? Just a little bit more.

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vegas9798 03/30/10 - 11:43 am
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Some attorneys will warn you

Some attorneys will warn you in advance of their corrupt ways, just look for the ,P.C.,on their shingle. I'm convinced that this stands for "Professional Crook" !

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/30/10 - 11:57 am
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He was thinking he was a Baby

He was thinking he was a Baby Boomer lawyer with their overwhelming and arrogant sense of entitlement...if the reality of your job does not live up to your dreams, just steal what you think you are entitled to.

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