Racketeering / RICO
Racketeering is often associated with organized crime, where the accused is engaged in at least two criminal acts related to racketeering within a specified period of time. Those accused of racketeering are often investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and prosecutors initially attempted to dismantle high profile gangs or alleged mafia members with racketeering charges, but the charges have become more common among individuals and groups. What was originally intended for mob activity has now become common place for the United States government to charge white collar crimes under the RICO statute.
Examples of types of criminal acts related to racketeering include the attempt to commit, the commission of, or the conspiracy to commit any of the following:
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Federal Racketeering Law, or “RICO”
RICO, or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, is a federal law enacted to punish an individual or group who commits two criminal acts associated with racketeering activity and involving interstate commerce within a ten year period as defined under title 18 of the United States Code §§ 1961-1968. Federal RICO charges result from a violation of the federal statutes and are prosecuted in Nevada district court.
Racketeering under Nevada Law
Nevada’s racketeering statutes are modeled after the federal RICO statute, and is often called “the Nevada RICO Act.” Nevada defines racketeering as engaging in at least two crimes “related to racketeering” that are related by some distinguishing characteristic and are not isolated incidents. One of the incidents, as defined in the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) under sections 207.350 through 207.520, must have occurred after July 1, 1983, and the last of subsequent incidents occurred within five years of prior crimes relating to racketeering. Violations of the Nevada RICO Act are prosecuted in Nevada state court.
Racketeering Penalties under Nevada’s Law
Nevada’s RICO permits criminal punishment against those who violate the Act, by imprisonment in Nevada's state prison for not less than 5 years ormore than 20 years and a fine that does not exceed $25,000. The Act also permits private civil actions for treble damages against those who violate the Act for injuries suffered resulting from the violation.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – The ATF is dedicated to protecting against violent crimes.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation – The FBI’s page explaining organized crime.
The Securities and Exchange Commission – The SEC is a federal regulatory agency that protects investors in the securities industry.
The Law Office of Joel M. Mann | Las Vegas RICO Defense Attorney
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