RACKETEERING is a type of organized crime in which criminals use a business to illegally extort money.
There are a number of different violations that can be considered mockery – here’s what you need to know.
What is racquet play?
Racketking can mean acquiring a business through illegal activities or using a business for illegal extortion.
The most common are affiliations with gangs and criminal organizations such as the Mafia, a common example being a “security racket” that promises to protect the target business from dangerous individuals in the vicinity.
Usually in these cases the problem can be solved by the proponents.
In one of the most recent examples, R Kelly faced a total of nine counts, including one hit racket. He was found guilty of nine counts, one count of fraud, and eight counts of violating the Mann Act.
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was charged with many crimes, including sports activities, but he testified against members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and got his sentence reduced.
Former drug lord turned zoo owner Mario Tabraue, who appeared in Tiger King, was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison for fraud and 13 counts of drug use.
Former Representative Rick Renzi was convicted in 2013 of fraud and money laundering charges but was pardoned by former President Donald Trump.
What is the minimum sentence for the offence?
In the UK we don’t have specific laws just for fishing – but they do in the US.
The Racketeer Corrupt and Affected Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law passed by Congress in 1970.
Law, signed by President Richard Nixon, explicitly aimed at combating organized crime across the United States.
It allows criminals to suffer extensive penalties and a civil cause of action for their role in organized crime.
It specifically focuses on deceiving and targeting kingpins by allowing them to be tried for crimes they have ordered or assisted.
A defendant with no prior significant record will receive a minimum sentence of 30 to 37 months in prison.
What types of crimes apply?
Racquet violations are considered “predicate crimes”, referring to a crime committed as a constituent of a larger crime.
- Distribution of a controlled substance
- Email fraud
- Money laundering
- Murder for hire
- Transfer fraud
- Misleading witnesses
What constitutes a violation of the RICO law?
To convict a defendant of an alleged violation of the RICO law, the government must prove several things beyond a reasonable doubt.
- It’s a criminal enterprise that exists
- The group’s actions affected interstate business
- That the respondent is affiliated with or is employed by
- That the defendant engaged in a pattern of fraudulent activity
- That the respondent is a party to activities carried out by the business in at least two acts throughout the chain of fraudulent activities
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