What Crimes Constitute Racketeering Activity?

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Explore:  Racketeering RICO

If you are accused of being a member of an organization that has committed at least two crimes from a list of 35 within 10 years, you can be charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. If convicted, you face up to $25,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison. Additionally, you must forfeit all profits and business interests that were involved in the criminal activity. Further, the RICO act allows civil restitution, meaning you may face lawsuits from victims of the criminal enterprise.

Some of the crimes that constitute racketeering activity under RICO include:

  • Any violation of state laws against gambling, murder, kidnapping, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter or dealing in a controlled substance
  • Acts related to bribery, counterfeiting, theft, embezzlement, fraud, dealing in obscene matter, obstruction of justice, slavery, racketeering, gambling, money laundering or murder for hire
  • Embezzlement of union funds
  • Bankruptcy or securities fraud
  • Drug trafficking
  • Money laundering and related offenses
  • Assisting aliens in illegally entering the country
  • Acts of terrorism