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Title: Establishing a Civil RICO Unit Within the Office of the Attorney General
Author(s): M Goldsmith
Corporate Author: National Assoc of Attorneys General
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 155
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
National Assoc of Attorneys General
Washington, DC 20001
Grant Number: 90-DD-CX-0006
Sale Source: National Assoc of Attorneys General
444 North Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20001
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This monograph is designed to assist State attorneys general in seeking to establish a civil RICO unit in their office.
Abstract: RICO statutes have provided law enforcement with enhanced criminal sanctions, but recent experience on both the Federal and State levels has shown that RICO's civil remedies provide a potentially more effective weapon for attacking enterprise misconduct. The civil remedies contained in State RICO laws vary by jurisdiction. Typical remedies may include treble damages or a specified civil penalty of up to $250,000, recovery of reasonable counsel fees and investigative costs, prompt injunctive relief to prevent the continued illicit functioning of the enterprise, and forfeiture of illicit proceeds and the illicit enterprise that engaged in a racketeering violation. The purpose of a civil RICO unit is to provide the attorney general, who plays a critical role in investigation and prosecution of unlawful activity in most States, with the expertise necessary to handle civil RICO cases. To succeed, a civil RICO unit must provide four services: legal expertise, investigative assistance, property management skills, and training. This report profiles each of these services and also provides guidance on minimum personnel requirements, personnel functions and qualifications, placement of the unit, starting and operating the unit, and developing cases/relations with other agencies. Appended survey on how RICO demonstration project sites operate, an outline of key elements of RICO statutes, a contact list, RICO resources and bibliography, sample RICO Unit job descriptions, and sample RICO Unit intake criteria and prosecution guidelines
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Attorney General; Organized crime; Prosecution; Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act; State government
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