18 USC 96 codifies the RICO Act. The RICO Act refers to Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The reaches of the RICO Act are almost boundless. It’s breadth means almost anyone can get caught up in the wide net the federal government casts.
RICO charges are centralized through the Organized Crime and Gang Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office. One reason the federal government may pick up prosecution of serious allegations involving organized crime if the allegations consist of violations of State law, but local law enforcement officials are unlikely or unable to successfully prosecute the case, in which the federal government has a significant interest.
If you or a loved one are facing federal criminal charges or are under investigation for a RICO Act violation, contact us at 817-203-2220. Our attorneys defend arrests and indictments in the United States Northern District, Eastern District, and Western Districts of Texas.