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Are you accused of involvement in a racketeering scheme?

| Jun 1, 2021 | Federal Crimes

Any time a Mississippi resident faces criminal charges, it is necessary to learn about the allegations as thoroughly as possible. Often, even if a person believes that he or she understands the charges, the possibility of addressing various criminal implications through a specific type of charge exists. As a result, if you have found yourself facing federal charges for racketeering, it is crucial that you fully understand the situation.

Racketeering is a type of crime that usually involves some type of extortion. Various types of crimes could fall into the category of racketeering, and in some cases, one may refer to a situation as a RICO case. “RICO” stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, and the RICO Act applies to situations in which a person or entities attempt to control or take over a business through extortion.

What types of crimes fall under racketeering?

It is important to note that different crimes may fall under the umbrella of racketeering at the federal and state levels. When it comes to federal racketeering-related crimes, this may include the following activities:

  • Gambling
  • Bribery
  • Money laundering
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Fraud
  • Murder for hire
  • Other financial and economic crimes

Extortion could come in various forms even in these listed categories. Some of those forms include:

  • Kidnapping and attempting a return of the victim in exchange for a ransom
  • Cyber extortion involving hacking a computer and blocking access until the victim pays to have access restored
  • Fencing racket involving purchasing stolen goods and then selling them for a profit
  • Protection rackets involving threats of harm against a business or individual unless that business or individual pays a protection fee

Proving racketeering is not always easy, so if you are facing allegations relating to this type of crime, you may want to remember that you have options for creating a defense.

Defending against allegations

The defense strategies that could suit your case depend on the specific details of your ordeal and the exact crime authorities suspect you of committing. In efforts to take the best approach, you may find it useful to gain reliable legal information applicable to your case and find a support system that could allow you to work toward the most favorable outcome possible.