St. Louis man pleads guilty to federal tax evasion

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, April 26, 2012

A St. Louis man recently pleaded guilty to violating federal tax laws. Federal tax evasion is a violation offederal criminal law. The man claims that he conspired to commit wire and mail fraud and also filed a false tax return.

The St. Louis man, a co-founder of Fidelis, admits that on his 2006 tax return he did not declare $13 million in “distributions” he received from Fidelis. In addition, in that same year, he reported a negative income on his tax return.

The man and his brother ran the Fidelis business. It is alleged that the two brothers falsely represented Fidelis auto contracts as extended …

Man faces federal charges for alleged production of child pornography

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, April 19, 2012

Whether you live in Missouri or elsewhere, allegations of sex crimes are quite serious. In addition to time behind bars, a person’s reputation may forever be tarnished. One man knows how serious alleged sex offenses can be. While he was initially charged with crimes in one state, he now faces federal charges for an alleged “sextortion” scheme.

When a victim is blackmailed into performing sexually explicit acts, authorities refer to this as “sextortion.” An example of the type of activity federal authorities are calling “sextortion” occurred recently. An Indiana man has been accused of coercing two teenage boys into producing a sexually explicit video. The man allegedly …

New form of white collar crime in Missouri

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Authorities in Missouri claim that they are seeing an increase in a new type of white collar crime in the form of “felony lane gangs.” These so-called felony lane gangs specialize in forgery and identity theft. Allegedly, the members of these gangs break into cars where women have left their purses unattended and steal credit cards, checkbooks and photo identification.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines white collar crime as a crime that involves lying, cheating or stealing to reap a benefit at the expense of someone else. Although the nature of felony lane gangs is new, identify theft is not.

The term “lane gang” was coined …

Former teacher faces federal charges in child pornography case

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

When someone is accused of a crime a great deal may be at stake. Whether they live in Missouri or elsewhere they could face many years behind bars. In one recent case, a man could be sentenced to life in prison for his alleged involvement in an online network that promoted child pornography.

According to reports, the man faces state charges for allegedly assaulting three children and filming the encounter. However, the man now faces federal charges for conspiracy to participate in a child exploitation enterprise. Authorities claim that the man made 105 posts for a child pornography website since joining in 2009.

The accused is …