Missouri men await sentencing for federal drug charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

When people in Missouri are convicted of drug charges, their entire lives may be on the line. Two Missouri men know this all too well after they recently pleaded guilty to federal drug offenses. The charges against them include conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The case against the two men began last June when a police officer pulled over a van. When officers approached the car, they saw what they believed to be drugs. Upon searching the vehicle, they apparently found cocaine.

An investigation ensued and investigators say they determined that the two men conspired to distribute the cocaine …

Eight Missouri residents face federal charges for alleged fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

After a tragic tornado struck Missouri last May, residents were able to file applications with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to receive disaster relief benefits. In order to receive benefits, their homes or property must have been damaged or destroyed by the storm. Last week, eight Missouri residents were accused of fraudulently filing these applications to receive a portion of the disaster relief funding. A federal grand jury indicted the eight individuals earlier this month, and the indictment was released eight days later. All eight people are facing federal fraud charges.

When individuals are accused of committing white collar crimes or charged with fraud, it is important for …

St. Louis man pleads guilty to bank fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Friday, May 18, 2012

Earlier this month, a St. Louis man pleaded guilty to crimes that are a violation of federal criminal law. The specific charges to which he pleaded guilty include conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The man’s plot involved an attempt to trick U.S. Bank into transferring him $180,000. His plan involved his friend who was employed by U.S. Bank and worked at the St. Louis bank branch.

According to authorities, the man’s accomplice would take information from the bank regarding high profile clients. He would hand over names, email addresses and account information. Then, in June, the St. Louis man contacted U.S. …

Cocaine bust leads to long prison sentence for Missouri man

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Missouri man was sentenced recently to 10 years in prison by a United States District Court. According to the United States attorney who prosecuted the case, the drug offenses he faced included possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

The man’s arrest and recent sentencing was the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The man admitted that he bought more than nine kilograms of the drug from two other men. These purchases happened between 2008 and 2010. After obtaining the drugs, he admitted that …