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. She reportedly deposited over $100,000 that she acquired through fraudulent means into her personal bank accounts.

The woman decided to plead guilty to the fraud charge and was recently sentenced to over three years in federal prison. She will also have to pay restitution to her former employer.

Someone facing accusations of a federal criminal charge needs an experienced criminal defense attorney on their side who knows how to maneuver through the federal justice system. The right lawyer will carefully review all of the evidence in their client’s case and attempt to build a solid defense around the facts.

For some defendants, taking their case to trial is in their best interest if evidence shows they did not commit the crime. In some cases charges will be dropped even before trial if the defense can demonstrate law enforcement officers made errors during an investigation or arrest, making any evidence gathered inadmissible. Prosecutors must be able to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before they can secure a conviction, and this is impossible if they cannot present facts showing the defendant’s culpability.

For some defendants, such as the one in this story, pleading guilty may be a better choice if the prosecution is willing to negotiate. As part of a plea bargain, a defendant’s charge is reduced and they are allowed to serve a lesser sentence in return for their guilty plea, thereby minimizing any possible penalties.

Source: BND.com, “Mo. woman gets 3 years in prison for bank fraud,” Dec. 27, 2012

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