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. This scam resulted in the mismanagement of $339,000.

According to the woman’s plea agreement, she paid out one of the ghost employees under the instruction of the St. Louis Treasurer’s Office. She also states that she was not the only individual involved.

Fraud and embezzlement cases often involve large amounts of money and the consequences of an accusation and subsequent conviction can be severe. But a strong defense can minimize the lifelong impact of such accusations. It is important to immediately review both substantive and procedural issues to determine if there was an abuse of power or if any of the accused’s rights were violated.

The prosecution is required to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. In order for a conviction, the prosecution must present reliable and convincing evidence. Defense attorneys may challenge the credibility of witnesses These defense tactics and strategies may lead to mitigated consequences and sometimes dismissal of a case altogether.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Parking meter contractor paid three ghost employees, blackmailer,” Robert Patrick, Aug. 21, 2012