Counterfeiting scheme lands two Missourians in prison

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Monday, September 17, 2012

Given the current state of the economy, some consumers are struggling to pay their bills and support themselves and their families. Such dire circumstances can drive people to do things they wouldn’t normally consider. Unfortunately, sometimes these decisions violate federal criminal law. Although the motivating factors behind a recent Missouri arrest for counterfeiting are unknown, it is difficult not to wonder if it was a crime of desperation.

Three individuals in Missouri were arrested after authorities executed a search warrant at their hotel in Hannibal, MO. Officers allegedly found a large amount of money in bills of all sizes up to $100 bills. They also found computer equipment and other supplies that are often associated with counterfeiting.

The three individuals ranged in age from 19 years old to 25 years old. They were all taken to the police department after the search. Two were kept in custody and one was released after questioning.

Federal crimes are not something that should be taken lightly. However, those facing accusations of a federal crime also should not feel hopeless. There are numerous procedures and regulations that must be followed throughout the whole process from search, to arrest, to questioning and throughout a trial if it comes to that.

Everyone has rights under the United States Constitution. If those rights are violated by police or prosecutors it can result in a reduction in sentencing or an altogether dismissal of the charges. In addition, the prosecution is required to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a highest burden for proving the accused’s guilt. A strong defense can poke holes in the prosecution’s case creating enough reasonable doubt to reduce the consequences of the situation.

Source: Quincy Herald-Whig, “Counterfeit currency investigation by Hannibal police leads to three arrests,” Sept. 6, 2012