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 …

New form of white collar crime in Missouri

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Authorities in Missouri claim that they are seeing an increase in a new type of white collar crime in the form of “felony lane gangs.” These so-called felony lane gangs specialize in forgery and identity theft. Allegedly, the members of these gangs break into cars where women have left their purses unattended and steal credit cards, checkbooks and photo identification.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines white collar crime as a crime that involves lying, cheating or stealing to reap a benefit at the expense of someone else. Although the nature of felony lane gangs is new, identify theft is not.

The term “lane gang” was coined …