Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act


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Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

United States legislation passed in 1970 that increased criminal and civil penalties for participating in organized crime and also strengthened law enforcement tools in the investigation of illegal enterprises. Its provisions included the ability to indict individuals for witness intimidation or extortion, prosecution for acts of terrorism or murder for hire, and so forth. One can be prosecuted under RICO for offenses such as counterfeiting money, securities fraud, and bankruptcy fraud.
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The lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges invasion of privacy, unlawful use of the plaintiffs' images for monetary gain, and mail and wire fraud under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
These were the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, passed by Congress in 1970 to allow law enforcers to use single crimes as evidence of a larger criminal enterprise, and Title III of President Richard M.