RICO – I’ve filed State RICO Actions – Most States have a State RICO Statute


After the federal RICO statute became effective in 1970, states were initially slow to enact similar racketeering laws because the impact and effectiveness of the federal law was still unclear. 

Today, at least 30 states have State RICO Acts that enable a citizen to sue for racketeering, which means you sue to have peope found guilty of committing crimes, and you recover damages as well as expose the crimes.


I have filed RICO actions against the corrupt judges, Clerk’s Office employees, District Attorney, U.S. Attorneys, and County Sheriff’s Deputies. This information is a follow-up to today’s TV Show.  I will add more later and a link to my RICO Lawsuits.

The state RICO statutes have important differences from the federal RICO Act. The state RICO statutes often use a broader list of criminal offenses and incorporate crimes under state law.  The elements of many state RICO statutes are more easily established than the federal statute. Longer statutes of limitations may exist under state RICO statutes than under the federal RICO Act. In addition, state RICO laws may allow recovery for damages not included in the federal RICO Act.  Treble damages are available!

The first state to enact a RICO statute patterned after the federal statute was Hawaii, whose law became effective in 1972.  Hawaii was followed by Pennsylvania in 1973, Florida in 1977, Arizona and Puerto Rico in 1978, and Rhode Island in 1979. 

The largest and most rapid  growth of state RICO statutes occurred during the 1980s, when twenty-three states enacted RICO statutes generally patterned after the federal version.  These states are: New Mexico (1980), Georgia (1980), Indiana (1980), New Jersey (1981), Utah (1981), Colorado (1981), Idaho (1981), Oregon (1981), Wisconsin (1982), Illinois (1982), Connecticut (1982), North Dakota (1983), Nevada (1983), Louisiana (1983), Mississippi (1984), Washington (1985), Ohio (1986), Tennessee (1986), New York (1986), Delaware (1986), North Carolina (1986), Oklahoma (1988), and Minnesota (1989).

The idea behind enacting state RICO acts alongside the federal act was to empower local and state authorities with the tools to address enterprise criminality in their communities. It stands to reason that local authorities are much more knowledgeable than their federal counterparts when it comes to localized crime..

See Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Local Prosecution of Organized Crime: The Use of State RICO Statutes 3 (1993).

Arizona — Arizona Racketeering Act, Ariz. Rev. Stat. ยงยง 13-2301 to -2318 (1998)

California — California Control of Profits of Organized Crime Act, Cal. Penal Code ยงยง 186-186.8 (West 1998)

Colorado — Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 18-17-101 to -109 (West 1999);

Connecticut – Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Act (CORA), Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 53-393 to -403 (West 1994 & Supp. 1999);

Delaware — Delaware Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, ยงยง 1501-1511 (1995 & Supp. 1998);

Florida — Florida RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act), Fla. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 895.01-.09 (West 1994 & Supp. 1999); Civil Remedies for Criminal Practices Act, Fla. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 772.101-.190 (West 1997 & Supp. 1999);

Georgia — Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act, Ga. Code Ann. ยงยง 16-14-1 to -15 (Harrison 1998 & Supp. 1999);

Hawaii — Organized Crime Act, Haw. Rev. Stat. ยงยง 842-1 to -12 (1993 & Supp. 1998);

Idaho — Racketeering Act, Idaho Code ยงยง 18-7801 to -7805 (1997 & Supp. 1999);

Illinois — Narcotics Profit Forfeiture Act, 725 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. ยง 175/1-9 (West 1992 & Supp. 1999);

Indiana — Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Ind. Code Ann. ยงยง 35-45-6-1 to -2 (Michie 1998);

Louisiana — Louisiana Racketeering Act, La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 15:1351-1356 (West 1992 & Supp. 1999);

Michigan — Criminal Enterprises Act, Mich. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 28.356F-.356X (Law. Co-op. 1999);

Minnesota — Minn. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 609.901-.912 (West Supp. 1999);

Mississippi — Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, Miss. Code Ann. ยงยง 97-43-1 to 11 (1994);

Nevada — Racketeering Act, Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 207.350-.520 (Michie 1997 & Supp. 1997);

New Jersey — New Jersey RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act, N.J. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 2C:41-1 to -6.2 (West 1995);

New Mexico — Racketeering Act, N.M. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 30-42-1 to -6 (Michie 1997 & Supp. 1999);

New York — Organized Crime Control Act, N.Y. Penal Law ยงยง 460.00-.80 (McKinney 1989 & Supp. 1999);

North Carolina — North Carolina Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. ยงยง 75D-1 to -14 (1990 & Supp. 1998);

North Dakota — Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, N.D. Cent. Code ยงยง 12.1-06.1-01 to .1-08 (1997);

Ohio — Ohio Corrupt Activities Act, Ohio Rev. Code Ann. ยงยง 2923.31-.36 (Anderson 1996 & Supp. 1998);

Oklahoma — Oklahoma Corrupt Organizations Prevention Act, Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, ยงยง 1401-1419 (West Supp. 2000);

Oregon — Oregon Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, Or. Rev. Stat. ยงยง 166.715-.735 (1997);

Pennsylvania — Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. ยง 911 (West 1998);

Rhode island — Rhode Island Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Statute, R.I. Gen. Laws ยงยง 7-15-1 to -11 (1992 & Supp. 1998);

Tennessee — Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act of 1989, Tenn. Code Ann. ยงยง 39-12-201 to -210 (1997);

Utah — Pattern of Unlawful Activity Act, Utah Code Ann. ยงยง 76-10-1601 to -1609 (1995 & Supp. 1996);

Washington — Criminal Profiteering Act, Wash. Rev. Code Ann. ยงยง 9A.82.001-.904 (West 1988 & Supp. 1999);

Wisonsin — Wisconsin Organized Crime Control Act, Wis. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 946.80-.88 (West 1996 & Supp. 1998).

The above list is dated 1999, so check your state if not on the list.

Law Review Article on RICO

State RICO Book

Wikipedia on RICO

Lectric Law Library on RICO

RICO Manual

RICO Slide Presentation

William M. Windsor

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