Fraud scheme leads to criminal charges for 25 in St. Louis

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Some crimes are committed because an opportunity presents itself and someone is not always strong enough to let the opportunity go. Often, these crimes do not physically injure anyone, yet the consequences can still be very severe. Certain types of white collar crimes would fall under this description. Fraud is just one example of a white collar crime.

Authorities in St. Louis allege that 25 individuals were part of an unemployment fraud scheme, and they are now facing criminal charges. All 25 have been indicted in federal court. The individuals allegedly obtained approximately $500,000 in unemployment funds. The majority of the individuals are accused of obtaining the compensation while maintaining employment.

Consequences for these types of cases can be severe. Prosecutors in this specific case are seeking not only repayment of the funds but also prison time. However, it is important not to let the potential for serious ramifications intimidate the accused. In the case of fraud, the prosecution is required to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. That is a high standard of proof. If there is any room for doubt, the prosecution will not be successful.

It may be wise for accused individuals to limit their interaction with law enforcement officials as much as possible. Under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, the accused has the right to remain silent. Under the Sixth Amendment, the accused has the right to obtain counsel. Police officers must respect any request to remain silent. An attorney will help the accused determine what to tell prosecutors while helping to mount an aggressive defense against the charges.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, “25 indicted in Mo., Ill. unemployment fraud case,” July 22, 2012