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Massachusetts Racketeering Charges

Have you been charged with a racketeering offense? This is not something that should be taken lightly. Because the activities of such crimes can harm legitimate businesses and/or individuals, the federal government thoroughly investigates, hotly prosecutes, and harshly punishes these matters. If you're found guilty, your rights and freedoms are at stake, as a conviction results in up to 20 years to life in prison and hefty fines. On top of that, any property you obtained from the alleged activity will be forfeit.

If you're being investigated or have been charged with a racketeering crime, one of the most important things you can do is discuss your case with an attorney with an extensive understanding of federal laws and judicial processes. Backed by over 4 decades of legal experience, and having represented clients in over 20 federal district courts, our lawyer at Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law can provide the skilled legal representation you need. We understand the seriousness of your charges, which is why we will work relentlessly to challenge the accusations made against you and work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf. When you retain our services, you will have a loyal and aggressive advocate going up against the government for you.

If you're ready to discuss your case and legal options, call us at (617) 227-3700 for a consultation.

What Are the 35 Crimes of Racketeering?

Racketeering comes from the term "racket," which means to use deceit, intimidation, or coercion to force money from others. Typically, in a racketeering scheme, the alleged racketeer will create a problem that the victim must pay to fix. A relatively recent and rapidly growing offense is cyber extortion. This occurs when a person or group of people decrypt the data on a protected computer, which stops the user from accessing their files or information. The attacker then demands that the user pay a ransom for the encryption key. Racketeering doesn't just refer to a single crime or one instance of an offense.

Under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, 35 different offenses could be charged as racketeering, which include:

  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Arson
  • Robbery
  • Bribery
  • Extortion

Although RICO was established to pursue instances of organized crime, in recent years, it has been used to go after individuals and even corporations. Again, a person may be charged with racketeering if they engage in a "pattern of activity." This means that they can be pursued under RICO if they were involved in two racketeering acts, with the second one happening within 10 years of the first.

Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law Racketeering Legal Counsel

With your reputation and future at stake, and the federal government prosecuting the matter, trying to handle your racketeering case on your own or with the help of an inexperienced lawyer could prove costly. At Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, our Boston white collar defense lawyer is here to provide high-quality representation. We have the knowledge, skills, and legal acumen to effectively build a defense strategy on your behalf and challenge the accusations made against you.

Schedule your consultation today by calling us at (617) 227-3700 or contacting us online.

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Significant Cases

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Bravo Fernandez

    (722 F3d 1, 1st Cir, 2013): Federal Court of Appeals reversed conviction of a leading businessman in Puerto Rico for federal programs bribery holding that gratuities cannot, legally, be the basis for such a conviction.

  • Acquittal US v Bravo-Fernandez

    18-1358 (1st Cir, 2019): First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a conviction of a business executive for bribing a Puerto Rico Senator holding that the Government failed to meet each essential element of proof under 18 USC 666, and ordering the entry of a judgment of acquittal.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Casellas-Toro

    (1st Cir, 2015): Appellate reversal of a federal false statement conviction due to a "Rare application of the presumption of prejudice resulting from pervasive publicity from prior case”

  • Acquittal US v DiMasi

    Acquittal of Richard Vitale on federal honest services charges in corruption case involving former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi

  • Dismissed Charges US v Handa

    892 F.3d 95 (1st Cir. 2018): Dismissal of bank and wire fraud charges against business owner on Speedy Trial grounds due to delay between indictment and his arrest returning to the US from India.

  • Acquittal US v Pappathanasi

    Acquittal of defendant charged with conspiracy to evade taxes in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371.

  • Reversal of Convictions US v Tavares

    (1st Cir, Dec. 2016): 1st Circuit Court of Appeals reversal of RICO and mail fraud convictions in a public corruption case.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Vazquez-Rivera

    665 F3d 351 CA 1 (2011): Reversal of child pornography conviction based on improper admission of opinion evidence from FBI agent which prejudiced defendant’s right to a fair trial.

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