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In 1970 Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act US Code-Title 18 or RICO to provide a powerful tool in the fight against organized crime Since the mid-1980s the RICO Act has been applied in circumstances that many believe to be beyond the scope of the act The RICO Act enables persons financially injured by a pattern of criminal activity to bring a RICO claim in state and federal court and to obtain damages three times the amount of their actual harm plus attorneys fees and costs wwwricoactcom According to some observers RICO is the most sweeping statue passed by Congress that attacks the continuity required for organized crime activities Local Prosecution of Organized Crime RICO defines racketeering in an extremely broad manner which continually causes problems It includes many offenses that do not ordinarily violate any federal statute Any act or threat involving murder kidnapping gambling arson robbery bribery extortion or dealing in narcotic or other dangerous drugs which is chargeable under state law and punishable by imprisonment for more that one year In addition there is a laundry list of federal offenses that are defined as racketeering including but not limited to white slavery man act violations obscenity loan sharking sports bribery and contra-ban cigarettes Abadinsky pg 400 Under RICO an enterprise can be a legitimate or wholly illegitimate organization or any group of individuals associated in fact A pattern of racketeering activity was defined as any two of a long list of federal or state crimes RICO made it possible to bring to a single trial whole criminal groups and families all those defendants who participated in the affairs of the same criminal enterprise RICOs penalties are substantial In addition to twenty-year maximum for violation of both the substantive and the forfeiture of the defendants property that can be traced to the proceeds of racketeering activity James B Jacobs Christopher Panarella pg 173 In other words after a
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