RICO stands for the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. The act was passed by Congress with the intent to stop people from engaging in a pattern of criminal activity.
RICO was originally applied primarily to organized crime, providing a way for the federal government to convict mobsters or gangsters for being a part of organized crime when they were unable to convict the defendants of specific crimes carried out by the mafia groups that they were a part of.
RICO and other laws criminalizing organized crime are a very complicated area of law that is very vague and ambiguous, so it is often left up to the courts to interpret what exactly the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act is supposed to mean.
The term racketeering refers generally to a criminal who uses extortion, loan sharking, bribery, or obstruction of justice to further their illegal activities. Normally, a person that is guilty of racketeering uses some sort of authority or power to illegally persuade others to further his/her interests.
There are several requirements that a defendant must meet in order to be charged with violating RICO, including:
If you have been accused of a RICO violation, you should speak to an attorney to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.
If you are a victim of a RICO violation, you should call the police. If there is sufficient evidence, the police will then forward your case to the Attorney General's office to prosecute the person or organization that committed the RICO Violation against you.
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