The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to target organized crime, providing extended penalties and allowing leaders of corrupt organizations to be tried for crimes they order but do not commit themselves. RICO is used to prosecute a wide variety of organizations, from drug and burglary rings to corporate executives committing white collar crimes.
The Law Offices of Arthur Thomas Donato is a Southeastern Pennsylvania criminal defense law firm that provides comprehensive defense representation to individuals charged under RICO. With more than 30 years of experience advising clients on investigations and crafting effective defense strategies, attorney Arthur Thomas Donato has the proven ability to successfully defend clients against complex racketeering charges.
The Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
Under RICO, any member of an organization who commits two or more specified crimes in a 10-year period may be charged with racketeering. The list of applicable offenses includes:
- Any acts that violates state laws against murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter or dealing in a controlled substance
- Acts that violate certain provisions of the federal criminal code, including those related to bribery, counterfeiting, embezzlement, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, weapons trafficking and slavery
- Embezzlement of union funds
- Bankruptcy fraud and securities fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Money laundering
- Violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act
- Acts of terrorism
Penalties under RICO can be severe, including steep fines and extended prison sentences, as well as forfeiture of all assets obtained through a pattern of organized crime. RICO also creates a civil cause of action for individuals harmed by illegal activity that falls under the statute, allowing them to collect damages.
RICO charges often involve long, intrusive investigations that allow federal investigators to collect evidence and begin building a case. Arthur Thomas Donato counters those efforts by performing his own parallel investigation, anticipating the prosecution's arguments and crafting a strategic defense that shines light on the prosecution's weaknesses.
Contact A Pennsylvania RICO Defense Attorney
To speak with an experienced Media, Pennsylvania, RICO and Racketeering defense lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Arthur Thomas Donato at 484-441-6318 to arrange an initial consultation.