St. Louis teacher faces federal prison time for child pornography

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Internet Crime on Monday, December 17, 2012

St. Louis residents should be aware that depending on the type and severity of a criminal charge, a person accused of a crime may find that their case falls under the jurisdiction of federal authorities. One category of federal offenses includes white collar crimes such as fraud and embezzlement, which often involve the defrauding of a federal institution. Another category of federal crimes encompasses cybercrime, which takes place over the Internet and, therefore, crosses state boundaries.

Charges for child pornography tend to fall under the category of cybercrime because the receipt and transmission of the images at issue often occur over the Internet. …

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 …

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 …