St. Louis property owner pleads guilty to federal drug crimes

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

As readers may recall, in January, we wrote about a St. Louis man who was accused of owning and operating land that was used for drug transactions. He previously maintained his innocence against the drug offenses. However, he recently pleaded guilty to growing marijuana on his property.

The 44-year-old Missouri man hosted music festivals called “Schwagstock” and “Spookstock” on the nearly 350 acres of land he had purchased and named Camp Zoe. Between 2004 and 2010, thousands of people visited the property.

In 2006, two people were arrested for selling mushrooms on the property. This launched an investigation spanning the following four years. In this timeframe, undercover …

Woman accused of selling counterfeit handbags out of her St. Louis home

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Internet Crime on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

When stories of counterfeiting make the news, the stories often center on counterfeit money.  However, that is not the situation in a recently developing case in St. Louis where a woman is accused of making $600,000 from counterfeit designer purses.

The woman has pleaded guilty to running an online counterfeit handbag business out of her home and is now dealing with the potential ramifications of violating a federal criminal law. The woman has allegedly been running this business out of her home for years. Some of the allegedly fake designer handbags were sold for up to $20,000.

The FBI was tipped off by an individual who …

Man faces serious charges after alleged attempted robbery and kidnapping

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Under Missouri law, the consequences for committing a crime can be very severe. A conviction for the violation of a federal criminal law can often bring with it more serious penalties than the violation of a state law. However, everyone has rights that must be upheld. Someone who is accused of committing a crime deserves the appropriate treatment and a strong criminal defense.

A recent Missouri case involving a kidnapping and attempted robbery has left one man facing serious accusations. The 26-year-old man involved in the case has been charged with first-degree attempted robbery, two counts of armed criminal action, one count of first-degree assault and two …

St. Louis interior designer pleads guilty to mail fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Friday, June 8, 2012

The crime of fraud can involve using computers or the Internet to take money or something else of value from an individual or a corporation. A St. Louis woman recently pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud. The woman worked as an interior designer and has admitted to overbilling numerous clients. The overbilling amounted to more than $1 million.

As individuals face accusations and potential convictions for white collar crimes like fraud, it is important that the accused know their rights and do not let authorities withhold these rights from them.

The United States Constitution gives individuals that are facing criminal charges the right to remain silent. …