PI Lawyer Known for ‘You Mean Business’ TV Ads Accused of Embezzling $950K
Posted Aug 7, 2009 9:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Savannah, Ga., personal injury lawyer known for his television ads has been accused of raiding $950,000 from his law firm’s pension plans.
Benjamin Sheftall Eichholz was accused in a 77-count federal indictment of embezzling the money from the employer-funded plan at the Eichholz Law Firm from 2001 to 2008, the Morris News Service reports. The government alleges he used part of the money—$56,100—to buy Flora Danica fine china, on display at his home.
Eichholz maintains the china was an investment by the pension plan, according to News3OnYourSide.
A press release (PDF) summarizes the charges, including embezzlement, money laundering, mail fraud, obstruction of justice, and making false statements in pension documents and to government investigators.
Eichholz is known for his TV ads featuring actor Robert Vaughn telling potential clients "you mean business" if you are represented by the Eichholz firm.