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White Collar Crimes Archives

Springfield woman facing voter fraud charges

Here in Missouri, as well as in other states across the nation, it is a crime to misrepresent yourself in any way during the election process. Whether you're running for office or casting a vote, voter fraud is considered a serious offense in our state. Depending on the severity of the election crime committed, a person could face serious penalties including a lengthy prison sentence and a steep fine as well.

Federal charges levied against 2 agents for alleged crimes

Most people have an idea in the heads about what a criminal should look like. For many people, they typically think of someone who has no regard for the law and partakes in illegal activities for personal gain. Unfortunately, as our regular Missouri readers know all too well, this isn't always the case. Sometimes good people make ill-fated mistakes that can end up costing them a lot more than their reputation in the end.

Is it a crime to fake a signature on sports memorabilia?

Say you have a jersey of your favorite sports star. As is, it's worth about as much as you paid for it. But if the jersey were to contain the signature of that player, it would be worth a lot more because it'd be considered a collectible. Knowing this, would you ever consider faking the signature of the player in order to make your jersey worth more money?

Identity theft and false returns carry serious consequences

Did you know that in 2014, the average sentence for an identity theft conviction rose from 34 months to 48 months? Did you also know that the incarceration rate for such crimes also rose between 2013 and 2014 by 7.1 percent? These increases occurred because the federal government is taking a tougher stance on identity theft, a white collar crime that experts say affects thousands of Americans each year.

What is tax fraud and how does the IRS define it?

If you're like a lot of people here in Missouri, then much of you legal knowledge has probably come from discussions you have had with other people or from television shows you watch. But even though some of this legal knowledge may be sound, the same cannot be said for everything you have heard, which can create misunderstandings on occasion when facing criminal charges.

Missouri man pleads guilty to embezzlement, sentenced 70 months

When you are given access to a company's funds by someone of authority at that company, there is a trust that you will use those funds for the betterment of the company. If you misappropriate those funds and use them for personal use though, you not only break this trust but you will be doing something that is considered illegal in every state, including here in Missouri.

Could white collar crime be next in line for sentencing reform?

Earlier this year, new federal sentencing guidelines went into effect for people convicted of certain nonviolent drug crimes. Now, some defense lawyers and other advocates of prisoners’ rights are pushing for similar reforms in the sentencing of white collar crimes like embezzlement, tax fraud and insider trading.

Former coach sentenced in St. Louis for conspiracy, wire fraud

A women's basketball coach pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges last week involving an alleged car theft and insurance scam. Federal prosecutors say that the Kansas resident, who was previously a basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud charges in a federal courtroom in St. Louis, Missouri. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop additional charges listed in the indictment.

Missouri businessman enters plea deal on mail fraud allegations

A business owner has pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and money laundering charges related to allegations that he embezzled money from the Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund. Prosecutors say that the Missouri businessman (who actually lives in Kansas) used subcontractors to perform work for nearly a decade, but the businessman created false invoices from one subcontractor to inflate costs. Authorities say that the businessman used the mail to submit the inflated invoices to the insurance fund to embezzle money.

State of Missouri vs. Stacey Dory & State of Missouri vs. Desre Dory

On September 10, 2013, the prosecuting attorney/attorney general filed a MEMORANDUM OF NOLLE PROSEQUI in the cases of State of Missouri vs. Desre Dory (Case No. 12BA-CR03480) and State of Missouri vs. Stacey Dory (Case No. 12BA-CR03478). In both cases, the Dorys were charged with Second Degree Murder and Forgery. The charges have been fully dismissed and charges will not be re-filed.
The Dorys have been full vindicated after a lengthy discover process including review of medical documents, investigation documents and the depositions of many people concerning the death of William Van Note at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics on October 6, 2010.
Murder and forgery charges have also been dismissed against Elizabeth Van Note an attorney and daughter of William Van Note however, those charges are anticipated to be re-filed in the Circuit Court of Camden County along with other
potential charges on this date.
Concerning Stacey Dory and Desre Dory, they pleaded not guilty from the very start and we said last September after they were charged that they would be vindicated and now that vindication has occurred.
In summary, a complete investigation has shown that Stacey and Desre had no legal culpability in the murder of William Van Note or his companion Sharon Dickson.