In 1970, the federal government passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which was created to stop organized crime.
Beyond its original use against the mafia, RICO laws can also apply to gangs, companies, or even politicians.
In order for the crime to fall under a RICO violation, the crimes must meet certain criteria.
RICO violations can hold severe consequences. Penalties may include hefty fines and prison sentences that generally range from 5 years up to 20 years.