Cellphone distributor gets 2 years in prison for tax evasion

Daily Herald report
Updated 7/6/2018 5:46 PM

A 53-year-old Highland Park man who pleaded guilty to tax evasion this year was sentenced to two years in prison Friday.

Jordan Eckerling once operated a cellular phone distributorship throughout the Midwest but bilked the federal government out of more than $800,000 in corporate and personal income taxes between 2008 and 2012.

Prosecutors said Eckerling used the money instead on personal expenses, including housekeepers for his boat and two residences. He also used the money to travel to Cancun, Mexico, with his family, according to court records.

Eckerling has repaid the tax debt, authorities said.

Eckerling is scheduled to report to prison in late September. He must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.

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