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Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

The Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act – or RICO – was created specifically to combat organized crime. Specifically, RICO targets groups and criminal organizations that engage in a pattern of illegal conduct. There are 35 specified crimes under the RICO Act – of which a person who has committed at least two can be charged under RICO.

Examples of these offenses include:

  • Embezzlement
  • Counterfeiting
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Extortion
  • Bribery
  • Securities Fraud

Prosecutors may choose to pursue RICO charges against criminal organizations such as gangs, or legitimate organizations that become corrupt, such as a homeowners association or financial investment group. In order for prosecutors to apply RICO charges, two or more specified crimes must be committed in relation to one another, not as isolated events. Obtaining money through embezzlement and then subsequently committing money laundering to conceal the funds, for example, may be grounds for RICO charges.

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Although penalties may vary depending on the nature of the offenses committed and a defendant's criminal history, punishment under the RICO act can be incredibly severe and can include large fines, up to 20 years in federal prison, or both. If you or someone you know is being investigated for charges under the RICO Act or have been charged under RICO, retaining legal representation as soon as possible should be your first priority.

If you would like to discuss your case, the penalties you face, and how the Law Offices of Kenneth H. Lewis can protect your rights, freedom, and future, call (213) 255-3011 for a FREE consultation.

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