On October 15, 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was put into effect. This act was geared towards mafia-type civil behavior to give victims of this type of activity a source of legal recourse. Racketeering is defined as obtaining or extorting money illegally or carrying on illegal business activities, most often by organized crime groups.
Section 1962 of the RICO Act provides four categories, including:
- Laundering money
- Loan sharking
- Running an enterprise to benefit from racketeering activity
- Conspiracy to commit racketeering
RICO activity can fall under either state or federal criminal charges.
State Level Racketeering Crimes
Criminal racketeering behavior that falls under a state level includes:
- Threats of or actual acts of murder
- Illegal controlled substance
Federal Level Racketeering Crimes
Federal racketeering behavior includes:
- Illegal immigration
- Sex for hire
- Murder for hire
- Transportation of stolen goods
- Mail or wire fraud
Civil Liability under the RICO Act
The RICO act made it possible for victims of racketeering to sue the accused for civil liability even before the criminal trial is completed. The act allows the plaintiff to file a claim for up to three times the actual dollar damage, plus all fees associated with the case.
Tavares, FL RICO Representation
If you have been the victim of racketeering, it is imperative for you to seek knowledgeable legal counsel to have your full rights explained in depth to you. The lawyers at Oldham & Smith can be a valuable advocate for you as you sue for civil damages. Do not allow your damages to go unpaid. Enlist the representation of the Tavares, FL attorneys at our firm today.