RICO / CONSPIRACY
Money Laundering, Bribery, Fraud, Murder for Hire, Gambling, Obstruction of Justice
Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) as part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970 to combat organized criminal activities. The RICO statute seeks "the elimination of the infiltration of organized crime and racketeering into legitimate organizations operating in interstate commerce." As defined under U.S. Code and RICO, racketeering activities involve “any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or chemical.”
Although RICO was initially instituted to target Mafia figures and other organized criminal organizations, the act has broadened and become a tool to address unlawful business enterprises. RICO can prevent companies involved in criminal activities from making financial gains through legitimate business ventures.
If you have been accused of committing a RICO infraction, you can be prosecuted on both the state and federal level.
State crimes that are prosecutable under the RICO statute include, but are not limited to:
* Money laundering
* Medicare fraud
* Tax fraud and tax evasion
* Mortgage fraud
* Insurance fraud
* Bank fraud
* Other financial crimes and white-collar offenses
Federal crimes that are prosecutable under the RICO statute include, but are not limited to:
* Various fraud charges
* Money laundering
* Sexual exploitation of children
* Murder for hire
* Obstructing justice or a criminal investigation
* Gambling offenses, and more
Racketeering violations and/or federal conspiracy charges can be extraordinarily complex laws. If you have been accused of any of the illicit activities noted above, it is vital that you retain a defense attorney who is qualified to defend.
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