St. Louis teacher faces federal prison time for child pornography

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Internet Crime on Monday, December 17, 2012

St. Louis residents should be aware that depending on the type and severity of a criminal charge, a person accused of a crime may find that their case falls under the jurisdiction of federal authorities. One category of federal offenses includes white collar crimes such as fraud and embezzlement, which often involve the defrauding of a federal institution. Another category of federal crimes encompasses cybercrime, which takes place over the Internet and, therefore, crosses state boundaries.

Charges for child pornography tend to fall under the category of cybercrime because the receipt and transmission of the images at issue often occur over the Internet. …

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 …

Fidelis co-owner faces time behind bars for conspiracy to commit fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Conspiracy on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Certain acts may be considered criminal if they cause injury to another person. However, other acts that do not cause personal harm or injury to another human being may still result in criminal charges. One of these acts can be conspiracy. Although conspiracy most likely does not cause personal harm to another, it is still a violation of federal criminal law.

A St. Louis man who was a co-owner of the company US Fidelis pled guilty to conspiracy charges in June. He was recently sentenced to 40 months in prison for a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as a felony …

St. Louis area woman faces penalties for federal tax evasion

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Friday, September 14, 2012

When an individual commits tax fraud, it usually involves filing a false tax return. Tax fraud is a violation of federal criminal law, and a conviction can come with serious penalties. These penalties may include a prison sentence or extensive monetary fines. However, there are always defense strategies that can mitigate these consequences or even lead to a complete dismissal of charges.

A woman from Alton has recently pleaded guilty to involvement in a complex tax fraud scheme that involved filing false tax returns. There were allegedly six individuals involved in this complex tax evasion scheme. Some of the individuals involved allegedly went to tax preparers …