A City of St. Louis man was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing unemployment benefits from the State of Missouri back in 2007. The state charged him with this crime back in 2010, but never bothered to tell him that he had been charged even though he lived here in the City of St. Louis, as he did every day, for the last seven years! When he was finally notified in 2016 he was obviously caught completely off guard and had no idea what these charges were about. Attorney Muhlenkamp filed a motion to dismiss the charges due to the state missing the statute of limitations in light of a recent Missouri Supreme Court case that reclassified the allegation as a misdemeanor and not a felony. Therefore, the charges had to be filed within one year as opposed to three. The state received the motion to dismiss and, two days later, dismissed the case prior to even having a hearing on the motion.
February 21, 2017