The state has dropped fraud charges against the owner of a Missouri cattle plant. The man reportedly opened the plant in Bates County in 2010, and within a year the business was closed. In 2012 the defendant was charged with multiple counts of fraud in connection with the defunct plant, but he claimed that he was defrauded by the previous owner.
It's called the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and if you're accused of a RICO violation, then you may be facing criminal penalties and costly civil lawsuits, even if you have not personally committed a crime. Prosecutors may bring a RICO charge if they believe you ordered or helped others to commit crimes.
There is no rule that you have to wait to be charged with a crime before you can start defending against potential allegations. If you believe you are being investigated by authorities, then you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
A St. Louis woman was sentenced on July 30 after pleading guilty to fraud charges. According to reports, the woman had been employed from 2004 to 2013 as the chief executive officer of Southeast Missouri Health Network, a nonprofit agency operating fitness centers and medical and dental offices.
A Missouri woman has been charged with stealing millions from her employer over the course of 10 years. According to the employer, the woman's actions put them in a situation of debt they didn't realize existed until the woman was gone from the company. At that time, the company's president said, the company was underwater, resulting in the loss of the business.
Missouri executives have access to funds in most businesses. Any of them with criminal tendencies might be tempted to acquire some for personal use. White collar crime, including embezzlement and fraud, can start with taking a dollar or two that one feels won't be missed. But once begun, it may be that access to huge sums of money creates a slippery slope.
News headlines and other media reports in Missouri frequently let residents know that an arrest was made and that assault, burglary, DUI and other similar charges have been filed against an individual. People often equate criminal defense with those types of situations. White collar crime, such as embezzlement, is another type of common criminal allegation made against individuals.
When it comes to criminal charges, sometimes working with the evidence before its actually filed is in a person's best interest. This is often the case in the area of white collar crime. If convicted, penalties can be severe and have long-term consequences that affect one's reputation, earning capability and family life.
Even in an age of ascendant wireless communication, wire fraud remains a commonly charged white-collar offense.
In the first part of this post, we wrote about the recent apology by the St. Louis parks director for the large-scale embezzlement that occurred there.