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.
False allegations of sexual assault are unfortunately a reality in the criminal justice system. For a sense of how often people are wrongly convicted based on false allegations, see our previous post, "DNA evidence: A powerful tool in Missouri criminal defense."
Allegations of violent crime can evoke strong public reactions, and people tend to sympathize with the accuser and assume the guilt of the accused. Despite public opinion, however, no one accused of a violent crime is presumed guilty in the eyes of the law. Every person facing a criminal charge has a right to defend against the allegations, and not everyone accused of a violent crime is guilty.
A conviction on charges of sexual assault or any sex crime is something that shouldn't be taken lightly. Families and careers can be ruined, and financial survival is at risk. Regardless of guilt or innocence, a defendant has rights that must be protected during the process.
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.
Police in St. Louis are reportedly looking for additional victims possibly related to a current arrest. Often a sex offense investigation will unearth other incidents of alleged criminal sexual misconduct attributable to the individual. In addition, there are occasions when charges filed against a person are not sex crimes in the typical sense of the word, although some manner of sexual gratification may be the underlying motive.
Searching for sex in a classified ad is nothing new. However, access to the internet has changed the dynamics somewhat, and it allows for far-reaching options when it comes to sexual propensities. What's important to keep in mind, however, is that a sex crime is still a sex crime, even on the Internet.
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.