Missouri man admits to passing counterfeit money

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, October 25, 2012

When Missouri residents are asked to think about acts that are a violation of criminal law, it is likely that the first to come to mind would be violent, harmful acts such as murder, assault or aggravated robbery. However, there are numerous other crimes that are a violation of federal criminal law. Many of them do not even cause physical harm to another individual. Yet, a conviction can still mean serious penalties and a prison sentence. Counterfeiting is one of these crimes.

A Missouri man recently pled guilty to counterfeiting. The 36-year-old man pled guilty in U.S. District Court to charges of obstructing justice, resisting or …

Cattle Rancher pleads guilty to fraud scheme

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Thursday, July 12, 2012

One man recently pleaded guilty for his involvement in a Missouri-based fraudulent securities scheme that allegedly swindled various investors out of $7 million. There are numerous types of white collar crimes that can result in this type of financial impact on investors. However, in this case, the man has pleaded guilty to fraud. Fraud is a crime that has the ultimate goal of depriving a corporation or individual of something of value.

The man was facing accusations and charges of federal conspiracy and wire-fraud charges. He recently admitted to authorities that he targeted 180 Christian investors. He convinced the investors to put money into a non-existent oil company …

Missouri men await sentencing for federal drug charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

When people in Missouri are convicted of drug charges, their entire lives may be on the line. Two Missouri men know this all too well after they recently pleaded guilty to federal drug offenses. The charges against them include conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The case against the two men began last June when a police officer pulled over a van. When officers approached the car, they saw what they believed to be drugs. Upon searching the vehicle, they apparently found cocaine.

An investigation ensued and investigators say they determined that the two men conspired to distribute the cocaine …

Eight Missouri residents face federal charges for alleged fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

After a tragic tornado struck Missouri last May, residents were able to file applications with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to receive disaster relief benefits. In order to receive benefits, their homes or property must have been damaged or destroyed by the storm. Last week, eight Missouri residents were accused of fraudulently filing these applications to receive a portion of the disaster relief funding. A federal grand jury indicted the eight individuals earlier this month, and the indictment was released eight days later. All eight people are facing federal fraud charges.

When individuals are accused of committing white collar crimes or charged with fraud, it is important for …