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. …

Former St. Louis resident charged with conspiracy to embezzle

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal Law and Fraud on Monday, December 3, 2012

As part of a federal investigation into identity theft, a woman who formerly lived in the St. Louis area has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to embezzle public money. The 27-year-old stands accused of serving as the ringleader of a group of individuals who allegedly stole identifying information from people who had recently died. Apparently, this information was used to file fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service, resulting in a total payout of nearly $1.5 million in tax returns.

Identity theft and embezzlement are both considered white collar crimes because the intent of a perpetrator is to deprive another person …

Missouri residents accused of illegally obtaining unemployment benefits

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Monday, November 19, 2012

The current state of the economy is tough, and there is talk of another economic downturn or recession before the situation improves. When times are difficult, sometimes people are enticed to partake in activities that are not typical of their usual behavior. Sometimes these activities may involve efforts to obtain additional money to make ends meet.

Residents of Missouri should be aware that certain activities in which individuals engage to obtain extra money are illegal. These illegal activities may fall under the branch of white collar crime, such as fraud or embezzlement. The act of fraud or embezzlement usually involves a scheme in which something of value …

Federal authorities charge businessman with wire fraud

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Criminal investigations by federal authorities can be rather complex. In many cases, federal investigators are not targeting one individual but rather a group of conspirators or a series of crimes when dealing with white collar crimes. Undercover tactics and in-depth investigation may lead the authorities to a completely different target than originally anticipated.

With the recent filing of federal wire fraud charge in Missouri, just such a case recently came into the public eye. An investigation began in 2010 when the U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives started a probe on a Missouri businessman. Although the connection is unclear from the reports, at some point …