Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
Established in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO, is a white-collar offense law that doles out harsh punishments for individuals who participate in organized crime. In the state of Ohio, state-level racketeering-related offenses and organized crime activities are typically covered under “engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.”
Some of the provisions of this law include:
- No person employed by, or associated with, any enterprise shall conduct or participate in, directly or indirectly, the affairs of the enterprise through a pattern of corrupt activity or the collection of an unlawful debt.
- It is unlawful for any person, through a pattern of corrupt activity or the collection of an unlawful debt, to acquire or maintain, directly or indirectly, any interest in, or control of, any enterprise or real property.
- No person, who knowingly has received any proceeds derived, directly or indirectly, from a pattern of corrupt activity or the collection of any unlawful debt, shall use or invest, directly or indirectly, any part of those proceeds, or any proceeds derived from the use or investment of any of those proceeds, in the acquisition of any title to, or any right, interest, or equity in, real property or in the establishment or operation of any enterprise.
If you are accused of engaging in a pattern of criminal activity and face charges for bribery, theft, extortion, murder or other racketeering-related offenses in Ohio, seek skilled legal help. An experienced criminal defense lawyer understands the provisions of the RICO Act and state racketeering laws. He or she can fully investigate your case, protect your rights and fight aggressively to preserve your freedom and your future.