11 St. Louis locals charged with conspiracy

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Conspiracy on Friday, November 16, 2012

Although many think of government cover-ups and stories of spy scandals when a conspiracy is mentioned, the truth is that they are taking place at all times in cities across America. Some who have begun to engage in criminal activity with others may even be a part of a conspiracy themselves and not realize it.

When multiple people plan illegal acts with each other in secret, they run the risk of being caught and faced with strict conspiracy charges in addition to other criminal offenses. Late last month, numerous St. Louis area residents faced this very situation. 11 people from both Missouri and Illinois face a …

Fidelis co-owner faces time behind bars for conspiracy to commit fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Conspiracy on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Certain acts may be considered criminal if they cause injury to another person. However, other acts that do not cause personal harm or injury to another human being may still result in criminal charges. One of these acts can be conspiracy. Although conspiracy most likely does not cause personal harm to another, it is still a violation of federal criminal law.

A St. Louis man who was a co-owner of the company US Fidelis pled guilty to conspiracy charges in June. He was recently sentenced to 40 months in prison for a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as a felony …

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 …