Racketeering and Enterprise Corruption Cases
Our criminal team represents businesses and employees in racketeering and corruption cases before the federal government and state government. Enacted in the 1970’s, racketeering laws were originally intended to be used to prosecute members of organized crime. Today, these laws are sometimes used to address alleged sophisticated insurance fraud schemes, among other criminal behavior involving multiple members of an organization. Often, racketeering and corruption cases begin with a subpoena, which might be issued by a grand jury in the case of a federal criminal investigation. When a business is large and has an established hierarchal structure, prosecutors often attempt to use racketeering laws in order to incentivize the people peripherally involved to provide evidence against the accused wrongdoers in the organization. Violations of racketeering and enterprise corruption laws carry significant consequences both in terms of prison exposure and substantial financial penalties.
At Wilentz, we defend clients being prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO statute) or the enterprise corruption statute, which are the federal and New Jersey laws, respectively. The relationships that members of our team maintain with state and federal prosecutors enable them to effectively communicate on behalf of our clients.
Please contact our office to discuss your particular case today.