A person who is facing criminal charges can be prosecuted in either a state court or a federal court. St. Louis residents should understand that being prosecuted in federal court means that the charges are more severe than in state court. Conviction on federal charges can lead to a permanent criminal record, harsh penalties and stiff fines.
In Missouri, a 40-year-old Higbee woman and former employee of a local funeral home, was recently indicted on a federal charge -- one felony count of wire fraud. Based on the report, the accused allegedly took money from the funeral home's escrow account, amounting to about $176,000. Purportedly, the funds were received from funeral home clients then deposited in escrow instead of the company's general operating fund. The woman is further accused of then reporting that payments were not received and taking money from the escrow account for personal gain.