A Republican candidate for State Senate in District 35’s upcoming primary is under investigation.
Ryan Eckroth, a resident of Bismarck, is subject to a federal IRS tax lien and a court-ordered judgment for a credit union debt.
The Internal Revenue Service and the First Community Credit Union have both filed legal claims against Eckroth for nonpayment of federal taxes and for a personal debt he owes to the credit union, as evidenced by these documents obtained by KX News.
According to public records, the IRS has an unpaid balance of $11,794 and The First Community Credit Union owes $6,015.
On top of recent news reports that Eckroth’s insurance sales license was revoked following a cease-and-desist order from North Dakota’s insurance commissioner, these new revelations have surfaced.
Eckroth allegedly enrolled customers in policies they did not desire and then received commissions for the fraudulent sales of these policies. Eckroth agreed to surrender his license but did not admit to any wrongdoing.
In a press release announcing his candidacy dated January 10, Eckroth stated, “Whether discussing education, health, or public safety, everything ultimately boils down to money.” Afin de continuer à renforcer these systems, a proper allocation of state funds is required, and I will ensure that these views are acknowledged.”
Eckroth responded, “First of all, you have the wrong year. I would love to sit down right now, but I’m in the middle of doing something. If you could call me later, I’m in the middle of putting up signs.” end of quote
Mr. Eckroth instructed me to call him back on Wednesday around 2:00 p.m., but he did not answer and has not yet called back.