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- Criminal Implications of the Florida Money Laundering Act
Individuals in Florida who conceal the source of money that derives from illegal means may wind up facing prosecution under the Florida Money Laundering Act. Understanding this wide-reaching law can help individuals prepare a solid defense against crimes charged under it.
- “Distinctness” Between Individual RICO Defendants and Legal Entity Enterprise Is Clear
Where is the Ambiguity When Allege Individual Defendant and Legal Entity Enterprise?
- District Court in Third Circuit Denies Motion to Dismiss- Fraud Civil RICO Complaint is ON
Can Company A sue Company B for commercial fraud under RICO? How about when the pattern and enterprise existed for only two years? Usually not, as most courts find the one-on-one litigation involving fraud to be plain and simple garden-variety fraud.
- Crimes Committed in Casinos that May Surprise You
While many persons are enjoying the feel and thrill of gambling in a casino after turning 21 years of age, some are determined to commit various crimes in these settings. Of those that execute offenses against the law, many try to cheat the casino through various means.
- Supreme Court to Law Enforcement: Do Not Freeze Untainted Assets
The precedent was set in 1989. In a United States v. Monsanto case, the Supreme Court held that a suspect who violated the Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) should not have access to the funds obtained through illegal activity.
- Can the Government Take Away My Property?
Through the process of forfeiture, the government may be able to take away the property of a civilian. This may be because the individual is involved in criminal activity or because he or she owns property that was involved in criminal activity.
- Is it Legal for Someone to Post my Private Photos Then Demand Money for Their Removal?
Over the last few years, a number of unscrupulous websites have developed around Americans' increasing comfort with sharing private, intimate photos with one another. While the photos are usually not intended for public consumption, often after a rough breakup or other event in which the recipient is left unhappy, that person will post those photos for the world to see. But is this legal? More importantly, can the site where the photos are posted legally charge you to take them down?
- A History of American Gaming Laws
Gambling is restricted in America, though its popularity is increasing. Laws regarding gambling are important not only for those involved with gaming operations, like casinos, bingo, or poker tournaments, but also for the average person who wants to know whether he can legally start a betting pool among his friends or at his office, has an idea for a new business model involving some form of chance, or if he can legally participate in an online poker tournament.
- Did You Know Your Fantasy Football League Might be Illegal?
Millions of Americans engage in creating fantasy football teams. It can be a fun way to add an extra layer of enjoyment to the season and, for some, to add an extra investment in the fan's favorite players and teams. While most fans only worry about who they will start on their fantasy team on Sunday, if their league has an entry fee or awards prizes, they may be engaging in illegal activity.
- What is RICO?
RICO stands for the “Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations” Act. It was a groundbreaking piece of legislation passed in the United States in 1970 with the goal of financially crippling the Mafia. However, it has evolved to have a variety of applications today against many organizations aside from the Mafia.