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Crimes and Criminal Procedure, 18 U.S.C. § 1961-1968, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO")


18 U.S.C. § 1961-1968


The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Section 1961 provides the definitions for the terms in the act. Specifically it defines “racketeering activity” to include acts of mail or wire fraud, money laundering, and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. An “enterprise” is any individual, legal entity, or group of individuals who are associated. A “pattern of racketeering activity” means at least two acts of racketeering activity that occurred within a period of ten years.

Section 1962 describes the prohibited activities.

Section 1963 describes the criminal penalties for violating section 1962.

Section 1964 describes what the civil remedies are.

Section 1965 provides where venue and process is.

Section 1966: Expedition of actions

Section 1967: Evidence

Section 1968: Civil Investigation demand

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