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The 18 USC 1961 Provision on Racketeering

Racketeering involves a broad number of criminal activities as defined under the provision of 18 USC 1961. It is punishable under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO). The aim of the law is to penalize criminal bosses of organized criminals who were able to avoid prosecution of the criminal activities that are punishable by other criminal laws. What the law seeks to prevent and punish include the following:

  • Organization of criminal enterprise
  • Laundering money profited from criminal activities
  • The proliferation of organizations, although legal, that are gaining some profit or income coming from illegal activities
  • Various acts that are covered under the title 18 of the United States Code
  • Acts involving the crimes of murder, arson, gambling, robbery, kidnapping, extortion, bribery, dealing with obscene matters and the act of dealing controlled substances that are punishable under the Controlled Substance Act

The crime of racketeering under 18 USC 1961 is usually investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The RICO statute, however, requires the FBI to notify the criminal division of the United State Attorney’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. The Chief of the said division may require the FBI to regularly report the progress of the investigation process.

Racketeering as defined in 18 USC 1961 is punishable according to the crime committed. The penalties may include imprisonment with a term not exceeding 20 years. However, the court is not precluded from imposing the sentence of a life imprisonment if the crime committed is punishable by a life sentence. The imposed fine will also depend upon the amount involved in the crime and is usually charged twice or more than the proceeds of the criminal activities. Properties obtained as proceeds of the illegal activities will also be forfeited.

Long-term prison sentence can sometimes be avoided in white collar crimes, such as a racketeeringpursuant to 18 USC 1961. Wall Street Prison Consultants specializes in helping federal and state offenders to obtain sentence reductions through programs that can help provide alternative solutions to long term incarceration. Our consultation services employ investigative and research processes to assist inmates and their lawyers in finding the best solution and alternatives available to reduce prison terms of an inmate. Discuss possible solutions to your issues today. Contact Wall Street Prison Consultants at 855-577-4766. We’re here to help!