The RICO Act was passed by the United States Congress to enable people financially injured by a pattern of criminal activity to seek compensation through the state or federal courts.
Where RICO Laws Might Be Applied
Some examples of situations RICO laws apply to are extortion and blackmail. However, one of the most successful applications of the RICO laws has been the ability to indict or sanction individuals for their behavior and actions committed against witnesses and victims in alleged retaliation or retribution for cooperating with law enforcement or intelligence agencies.
• A potential life sentence
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