Some states using RICO statute to put an end to dog fighting

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Conspiracy on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In 2009, federal authorities infiltrated a dog fighting ring that spread across numerous states. One of those states was Missouri. Since this dog fighting bust, some states have been making an aggressive attempt at preventing dog fighting. Some have gone so far as to declare dog fighting a violation of federal criminal law under the RICO statute.

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statute prohibits criminal organizations from profiting from a legitimate business operation. The law is usually used to combat organized crime. The main goals of the RICO statute are to cut-off sources of funding and effectively end the organized crime activity.

Some states have begun to …

Former Missouri detective pleads guilty to sex crimes charges

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

When facing criminal charges, sometimes pleading guilty is the best option to mitigate the potential negative outcome of a situation. A former Missouri detective may have found that to be the case after he recently pleaded guilty to federal charges for sex offenses.

When the Missouri man worked as a detective, he supervised a drug court program. The program provided counseling, treatment and rehabilitation for its members. It is alleged that the man sexually abused five women who were members of the program and under his supervision.

It is important that an individual who has been charged with sex offenses or other federal crimes act quickly …

Cattle Rancher pleads guilty to fraud scheme

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Thursday, July 12, 2012

One man recently pleaded guilty for his involvement in a Missouri-based fraudulent securities scheme that allegedly swindled various investors out of $7 million. There are numerous types of white collar crimes that can result in this type of financial impact on investors. However, in this case, the man has pleaded guilty to fraud. Fraud is a crime that has the ultimate goal of depriving a corporation or individual of something of value.

The man was facing accusations and charges of federal conspiracy and wire-fraud charges. He recently admitted to authorities that he targeted 180 Christian investors. He convinced the investors to put money into a non-existent oil company …

Authorities claim Missouri teacher videotaped students undressing

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Internet Crime on Friday, July 6, 2012

The Internet is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s world. These constant technological changes, updates and advancements have increased Missouri authorities’ focus on Internet crimes. There are new federal and state laws for them to enforce and, at times, they will aggressively enforce them to prove the laws’ importance and why they should not be violated.

A Missouri teacher was recently accused of videotaping children while they were removing their clothes for a shower. When authorities seized the man’s computer, they say he was in possession of child pornography. The Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is the group that investigated the teacher.

The school district …