Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations is a federal statute designed to combat corrupt entities or organizations. RICO is based on the concept that any entity or association, whether legal or illegal, may function as a racketeering enterprise by its actions. Thus, the statute is broad enough that legitimate businesses and their executives may fall within it. RICO actions may be either criminal prosecutions or civil actions.

Most states have statutes patterned on the federal RICO statute. These are usually termed “enterprise corruption” rather than RICO. In some states the prosecution does not have to prove as many elements as in the corresponding federal statute.

Mr. Serafini has extensive RICO experience as a Senior Litigator in the DOJ Organized Crime Strike Force.