What Is Racketeering?
Posted By Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass || 7-Nov-2012
Racketeering is the act of engaging in a racket—an illegal business or scheme designed to make a profit. Rackets are usually, though not always, associated with organized crime. There are a variety of criminal acts that can fall into the category of racketeering. These include bribery, sexual exploitation of children, illegal gambling, counterfeiting, and trading in untaxed alcohol.
Many times, the criminal organizations involved in racketeering also have legitimate businesses. For example, licensed gambling establishments have been known to provide a legitimate cover for rackets. Here is a basic introduction to racketeering and the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statute:
Organized crime has a long history in the United States and abroad. However, the term “racketeering” did not appear until the 20th century. It was coined in 1927 by the Employer’s Association of Chicago. Racketeering used to be associated almost exclusively with the Mafia. However, the Department of Justice has reported a rise in organized crime from groups out of Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe, and West Africa.
- Federal Law Regarding Racketeering
The Organized Crime Control Act of 1970 became law on October 15, 1970. Title IX of this federal law is the RICO statute. The statute was designed to stop the “infiltration of organized crime and racketeering into legitimate organizations.”
The federal government has increased its efforts in cracking down on organized crime and racketeering. If you have been accused of violating the RICO statute, you need to contact an attorney with federal criminal defense experience. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we know the law and know how to provide exceptional criminal defense representation. Call us today at to schedule a consultation and to learn how we can help with your case.