CHICAGO — A north suburban businessman who operated a cellular telephone distributorship throughout Illinois and other Midwestern states was sentenced last Friday to 24 months imprisonment for willfully failing to pay more than $800,000 in personal and corporate income taxes.
JORDAN ECKERLING, 53, of Highland Park, the owner of Pagecomm of Illinois Inc., pled guilty in January 2018, admitting that from 2008 to 2012 he caused tax losses to the United States and Illinois in the total amount of $806,099. As the sole shareholder and officer of Pagecomm, Eckerling attempted to conceal income by causing the company to issue him “business checks” that he cashed and used for personal expenses. Eckerling admitted he caused the company to pay personal expenses such as a housekeeper to regularly clean his boat and his primary and secondary residences, and charged personal expenses to Pagecomm’s credit card accounts, including for a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico. Eckerling also admitted that he used gift cards belonging to the company for personal expenses, and that he placed his wife on the company payroll to obtain health insurance in her name rather than his, even though she was not employed by the company.
U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall imposed the sentence in federal court in Chicago. Eckerling was ordered to report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on September 28, 2018. He paid the $806,099 tax obligations while the case was pending.
The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Gabriel L. Grchan, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri H. Mecklenburg.