Security guard faces federal charges for witness tampering

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes on Monday, December 31, 2012

As our St. Louis readers know, American citizenship provides for a number of privileges and opportunities, but it also carries with it civic responsibilities. Among the many responsibilities that come with U.S. citizenship, individuals are prohibited from interfering with any type of federal investigation. Obstructing justice, tampering with evidence and tampering with witnesses are all considered serious offenses under federal criminal law.

Recently a security guard who worked in a St. Louis County office building was indicted in federal court for alleged witness tampering. According to authorities, the security guard saw a Social Security Administration officer following a man in …

Missouri businesses charged for selling synthetic marijuana

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes and Marijuana on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Our St. Louis readers may know that drug cases involving simple possession or the sale of a small amount of a substance are usually handled at the state level. But sometimes, larger-scale drug offenses that allegedly implicate a number of individuals fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. government.

This was recently the case in Missouri when 21 people were indicted by a federal grand jury for the sale of synthetic marijuana. Each of the individuals either owned or worked for one of 13 retail business that sold the substance to consumers in the state
Synthetic marijuana, sometimes called “K2,” …

Resident of St. Louis County sentenced for federal crimes

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. on Monday, December 10, 2012

A man from the St. Louis area was recently sentenced to a term of seven years and 10 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud and identity theft. The 51-year-old worked for a temporary medical staffing company and allegedly collected wages for nonexistent employees.

Like many white collar crimes, mail fraud and identity theft charges are issues of federal criminal law because they involve federal institutions, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Social Security Administration. A person accused of a federal crime should take the charges seriously because any crime considered a federal offense tends to carry with it heavy penalties.

All individuals …