Missouri woman charged with sex crimes against child, dog

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, December 22, 2011

A year after similar charges were dropped, a Missouri woman is being charged with several federal sex offenses. The Macon County Sheriff’s office arrested the 34-year-old woman Dec. 1 and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child, statutory sodomy and the use of a child in a sexual performance.

All of these charges are felonies, which carry extremely serious penalties in the state of Missouri. Additionally, the woman was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful sex acts with a dog, court documents indicate.

The woman allegedly admitted to the sex offenses against the child, who is believed to be a teenage female relative, …

Missouri couple now faces federal charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

In 2001, a former married couple escaped a fire at their Missouri home that claimed the life of their 15 year-old-son. The mother of the boy was subsequently charged with first degree murder and arson after police claimed she confessed to setting the blaze.

Her trial was declared a mistrial in 2002 when the judge said he made a mistake in allowing the jury to see a videotape of a lie detector test administered to the woman where she reportedly confessed to the crime. Now, she faces further charges that accuse her of violating federal criminal law.

In 2006, the Missouri Supreme Court decided that the woman …

Man accused of wire fraud pleads guilty

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Thursday, November 3, 2011

White collar crime has received more than its fair share of media attention recently, perhaps another sign of the bad economic times. Nevertheless, an allegation of criminal conduct on the federal level is a serious matter. The accused person may have to serve a term of incarceration, they may face heavy financial penalties and may have a period of supervision after release from prison. Add to that the very real prospect of publicity, and an individual facing charges is indeed facing an uphill battle.

An 80-year-old Clayton, Missouri real estate developer pleaded guilty on Oct. 27 in federal court to seven counts of wire fraud. He admitted to …