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,” …

MO man gets over seven years in prison without parole for robbery

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A robbery, by definition, is the forced stealing of another’s property. Robbery can not only be a violation of state law or federal criminal law, but charges for robbery can occur in varying degrees, similar to murder and other crimes of violence. Robbery in the first degree typically is distinguished from other degrees by either causing severe bodily harm or the use of a deadly weapon.

In Kansas City, Missouri, a man was recently charged with and sentenced in federal court for using a firearm in a crime of violence. He received a sentence of seven years and six months in federal prison, without the option …

St. Louis property owner pleads guilty to federal drug crimes

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

As readers may recall, in January, we wrote about a St. Louis man who was accused of owning and operating land that was used for drug transactions. He previously maintained his innocence against the drug offenses. However, he recently pleaded guilty to growing marijuana on his property.

The 44-year-old Missouri man hosted music festivals called “Schwagstock” and “Spookstock” on the nearly 350 acres of land he had purchased and named Camp Zoe. Between 2004 and 2010, thousands of people visited the property.

In 2006, two people were arrested for selling mushrooms on the property. This launched an investigation spanning the following four years. In this timeframe, undercover …

St. Louis man pleads guilty to bank fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Friday, May 18, 2012

Earlier this month, a St. Louis man pleaded guilty to crimes that are a violation of federal criminal law. The specific charges to which he pleaded guilty include conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The man’s plot involved an attempt to trick U.S. Bank into transferring him $180,000. His plan involved his friend who was employed by U.S. Bank and worked at the St. Louis bank branch.

According to authorities, the man’s accomplice would take information from the bank regarding high profile clients. He would hand over names, email addresses and account information. Then, in June, the St. Louis man contacted U.S. …