St. Louis woman sentenced in federal bank fraud case

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal Law and Fraud on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

White collar crimes, or crimes that are allegedly committed for the purpose of monetary gain, are typically nonviolent. However, this does not mean authorities consider them to be any less serious than violent offenses. In fact, white collar crimes are often handled by the federal courts system because they may involve the defrauding of a bank insured by the U.S. government.

A St. Louis woman recently found this out when she was accused of federal bank fraud. Law enforcement officials allege that while the 46-year-old was a supervisor for a healthcare business, she submitted falsified refund check requests to the company. …

Missouri residents accused of illegally obtaining unemployment benefits

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Monday, November 19, 2012

The current state of the economy is tough, and there is talk of another economic downturn or recession before the situation improves. When times are difficult, sometimes people are enticed to partake in activities that are not typical of their usual behavior. Sometimes these activities may involve efforts to obtain additional money to make ends meet.

Residents of Missouri should be aware that certain activities in which individuals engage to obtain extra money are illegal. These illegal activities may fall under the branch of white collar crime, such as fraud or embezzlement. The act of fraud or embezzlement usually involves a scheme in which something of value …

Federal authorities charge businessman with wire fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Criminal investigations by federal authorities can be rather complex. In many cases, federal investigators are not targeting one individual but rather a group of conspirators or a series of crimes when dealing with white collar crimes. Undercover tactics and in-depth investigation may lead the authorities to a completely different target than originally anticipated.

With the recent filing of federal wire fraud charge in Missouri, just such a case recently came into the public eye. An investigation began in 2010 when the U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives started a probe on a Missouri businessman. Although the connection is unclear from the reports, at some point …

St. Louis woman commits wire fraud paying three ghost employees

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Thursday, August 30, 2012

Different types of crimes involve different scenarios. When it comes to the white collar crime of fraud, it often includes a scheme of some sort that utilizes the Internet or computers to take something of value from a corporation or an individual. A St. Louis woman facing a criminal charge of wire fraud has cooperated with authorities and has entered into a plea deal.

The woman worked for a contractor that services parking meters in St. Louis. The scheme involved paying three ghost employees. An individual who found out about the plot blackmailed the woman and her company to get payment in return for not revealing the misdeeds. …