Drug charges are very serious and no teen accused of involvement with a drug crime should take these charges lightly. One woman was arrested for helping her drug-dealing boyfriend in 1989 when she was 19 years old. Unfortunately the woman was charged with drug conspiracy and aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine. A jury found the woman guilty and she was sentenced to over 15 years in prison because of the mandatory minimum guidelines that the judge had to follow.
One man from Maryville, Ill. faces several serious charges after a car accident which left a 38-year-old St. Louis woman dead. Authorities say that the man was high on a marijuana and oxycodone combination when he ran into a gas station where the woman had stopped to refill her car.
Authorities have arrested a 28-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman from the Granite City area on charges of drug-induced homicide. Drug induced homicide is more serious than other drug trafficking crimes because prosecutors are attempting to hold alleged drug dealers responsible for the death of one of their customers. In this case, authorities say that the couple provided a 48-year-old customer with fentanyl and that he overdosed on the drug.
Authorities say that a 49-year-old Clayton-based financier mislead and defrauded his investors. A civil complaint was filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleging that the financier defrauded his investors by diverting their funds for his personal use, obligations and debts. It is unclear whether the SEC charges will form the basis of federal criminal fraud or conspiracy charges against the financier in the future.
Earlier this week we discussed the case of a St. Louis City Treasurer's Office employee who is accused of timesheet fraud. Federal investigators followed the man around after hearing reports that he was collecting a salary despite not doing any work. After the investigation the man was charged with wire fraud and federal program theft. The main question that remains is whether the evidence against the employee was obtained illegally.
It is understandable that most St. Louis residents would be horrified if their boss found out that they fudged a timesheet. While innocent timesheet errors do sometimes occur, federal investigators say that one man's timesheet errors amount to fraud. After an intensive investigation, authorities have charged the former St. Louis City Treasurer's Office employee with wire fraud and federal program theft.
The St. Louis suburb of Washington Park is undergoing a crisis. Police Chief David Clark says that the village has struggled to keep patrols going last week when three police officers refused to come into work last Thursday. This comes at a time when the number of violent felony crimes in the village of about 4,200 has skyrocketed.
There is a common misperception that those who face DWI charges in St. Louis are somehow different from the rest of us. Many people are unaware how easy it is to obtain a blood alcohol level above the 0.08 legal limit and how quickly a trip home from the bar can turn into criminal charges. Drunk driving charges are fairly common and usually very serious. The seriousness of DWI charges increases if a traffic accident occurs, especially if there are any deaths or injuries arising out of the crash.