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Are you an accountant accused of a RICO crime?

You show up from nine to five and you get the job done. While minding your own business, you make sure your clients are happy, while saving them millions of dollars in taxes in the process. You're a tax accountant and you're also the last person you thought would get in trouble with the law.

Nevertheless, under your employment, you have gotten involved with some less-than-scrupulous clients, and now you've been charged with being co-conspirator in a RICO crime. To avoid a jail sentence, it's time to educate yourself on racketeering and the charges you're facing in federal court.

What is racketeering?

Racketeering is the legal term for Mafia activity. It refers to the actions of organized groups that are operating illegal businesses or "rackets." These businesses might involve drug trafficking and sex trafficking, but they could also be subtler and more under the surface. They could include the laundering of so-called "dirty" money, the embezzlement of funds from a business insider trading, illegal weapons sales or counterfeiting.

What is the RICO Act?

To prosecute and hold responsible the leaders of organized criminal organizations, Congress created the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or the RICO Act. This act gives prosecutors the ability to charge the leader of an organized crime operation criminally liable for the actions of the crime organization, even if he or she did not commit a single crime directly.

To be convicted of a RICO crime, prosecutors need to prove that:

  • The defendant manages or owns or an organization.
  • The group carries out an illegal activity on a regular basis.

You have the right to a criminal defense

Just because you were charged with a RICO crime does not mean that you will be convicted of the offense. With the aid of an experienced RICO crimes defense lawyer, you will be permitted your day in court. During your criminal defense proceedings, you may able to achieve a verdict of not guilty, and/or receive a significant reduction in punishment if a conviction is unavoidable.

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