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Published On: Wed, Oct 25th, 2017

How to Prevent RICO Crimes with Blake Rubin LinkedIn

The RICO Act is something that is cited regularly. Not a day goes by that there isn’t some sort of FBI probe, with stories of payday fraud, 70,000 or more victims, scamming, and more. The RICO Act has been in force for a long time, yet it seems that the general public still doesn’t quite know how to protect themselves from this crime. For Blake Rubin LinkedIn was the perfect place to try and address this.

Blakek Rubin LinkedIn’s Addressing of RICO Crimes

Racketeering is a common charge which is used when criminals scam or otherwise run business practices in an illegal manner. Essentially, it means that someone managed to make money in an illegal way. Someone accused with racketeering is accused of running an illegal scheme or enterprise in order to earn money, and this has to be done as part of a group. The acts can include such things as illegal gambling, the sexual exploitation of children, bribery, and so on. It is technically part of organized crime, as it must be organized by a group. Anyone who is part of that group can be charged under the RICO Act.

Crime Scene Tape photo/edited pic from FBI.gov

Work racketeering also exist. For instance, a union leader can be blackmailed to agree to certain rules in relation to pension or health plans for their members. This is something that has the potential to affect thousands individually, as well as their loved ones. For instance, in the 1950s, the FBI uncovered that the Mafia was entrenched in various labor unions, influencing meetings and negotiations worth millions of dollars.

Another good example is Napster, which almost everybody around the world used at some point to listen to music. The company wanted to genuinely serve their customers. Yet, music industry proprietors started to sue, saying the songs were spread ubiquitously. The result of this was that Napster had to completely restructure and that laws had to be created. Essentially, Napster was an accidental racketeer, believing that it was doing good. What this also means is that anyone could be accused of racketeering, even if they don’t have any ill intent.

Over the past few decades, bribery has been the most common racket of all. Business owners, judges, and the federal government have been the greatest victim of this. Regulators seemed to struggle to develop ways of stopping it, and it also seemed as if criminals found new ways of making their money on an almost daily basis. If they weren’t interested in unlawful gambling, they would print their own money or otherwise counterfeit goods. Bootlegging was also a very common racket, particularly during the prohibition.

So how do you prevent these crimes? Naturally, someone will ill intent will always continue their work. However, if you don’t accidentally want to be charged under the RICO Act, then you may want to stay away from any money making scheme that sounds too good to be true. There is no such thing as easy money.

Author: Anwar Hossain

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