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“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio

What Crimes Constitute Racketeering Activity?

If you are accused of being a member of an organization that has committed at least two crimes from a list of 35 within 10 years, you can be charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. If convicted, you face up to $25,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison. Additionally, you must forfeit all profits and business interests that were involved in the criminal activity. Further, the RICO act allows civil restitution, meaning you may face lawsuits from victims of the criminal enterprise.

Some of the crimes that constitute racketeering activity under RICO include:

  • Any violation of state laws against gambling, murder, kidnapping, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter or dealing in a controlled substance
  • Acts related to bribery, counterfeiting, theft, embezzlement, fraud, dealing in obscene matter, obstruction of justice, slavery, racketeering, gambling, money laundering or murder for hire
  • Embezzlement of union funds
  • Bankruptcy or securities fraud
  • Drug trafficking
  • Money laundering and related offenses
  • Assisting aliens in illegally entering the country
  • Acts of terrorism

Whether you face state or federal racketeering charges, you need experienced legal counsel. A seasoned Ohio defense attorney knows how to build a solid defense.

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