Fraud scheme leads to criminal charges for 25 in St. Louis

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Some crimes are committed because an opportunity presents itself and someone is not always strong enough to let the opportunity go. Often, these crimes do not physically injure anyone, yet the consequences can still be very severe. Certain types of white collar crimes would fall under this description. Fraud is just one example of a white collar crime.

Authorities in St. Louis allege that 25 individuals were part of an unemployment fraud scheme, and they are now facing criminal charges. All 25 have been indicted in federal court. The individuals allegedly obtained approximately $500,000 in unemployment funds. The majority of the individuals are accused of obtaining the compensation …

Cattle Rancher pleads guilty to fraud scheme

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Thursday, July 12, 2012

One man recently pleaded guilty for his involvement in a Missouri-based fraudulent securities scheme that allegedly swindled various investors out of $7 million. There are numerous types of white collar crimes that can result in this type of financial impact on investors. However, in this case, the man has pleaded guilty to fraud. Fraud is a crime that has the ultimate goal of depriving a corporation or individual of something of value.

The man was facing accusations and charges of federal conspiracy and wire-fraud charges. He recently admitted to authorities that he targeted 180 Christian investors. He convinced the investors to put money into a non-existent oil company …

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 …

Missouri man faces nine years in prison for federal weapons charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Missouri man who has admitted responsibility for the deadly shooting of another individual was recently sentenced on federal charges for the violation of federal weapons laws.

According to federal criminal law, it is illegal for a convicted felon to possess any type of firearm or ammunition. This Missouri man has previous convictions for possession and sale of a controlled substance, as well as stealing.

The man was arrested and charged after police responded to a report of gunshots at his sister’s home. According to authorities, when they arrived at the house, the man jumped out of a window and fled the scene. They pursued him …