What are the attributes of an organized crime group?
What is R.I.C.O.? What types of groups have been
prosecuted under R.I.C.O.?
How are criminal investigations of organized crime
different from that of other criminal investigations? How are they
What are unique attributes of investigating organized
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family group ran by an older male with a set structure where the higher
ranking members get respect no matter how they treat people. If you are not
family or a friend of the family you do not get in and generally you are of the
same ethnic background. Organized crime families are a very loyal group that
takes care of its own and lasts through death or incarceration of its leaders.
They are often involved in illegal crime such as drugs, gambling, loan
sharking, influencing labor unions and things of that nature.
RICO is Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act This allows
law enforcement to go after the group as a whole rather than the individuals
involved. The Italian mob and Irish mob along with several motorcycle
gangs have all had run ins with the RICO act. With organized crime the
investigators must take all of the smaller crimes and link them so that they
can all be put together and the whole organization can be taken down.
To take down an organized crime cell multiple agencies will need to
work together both federal and local LEO’s will need to share information and
play nice in order to take down the whole group. This is difficult as most
agencies and officers for the matter do not want to share information out of
fear that someone else will get the credit. Our ego is often the biggest enemy