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Former Georgia Tech Professor Faces Racketeering Charges

Former Professor at Georgia Tech Indicted on Racketeering Charges for Funneling $1 Million Into His Company On December 30th, a former professor at Georgia Tech was indicted on racketeering charges for using the college’s funds to funnel $1 million in equipment into his personal business. Joy Laskar faces two counts of racketeering for allegedly stealing $1 million from Georgia Tech. He was indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury. Laskar worked as the director of the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) at Georgia Tech, and began … [Read more...]

Former Union Boss Begins Racketeering and Conspiracy Trial

Trial Begins for Former Ironworkers Union Leader for Racketeering and Conspiracy On Monday, January 5th, a former Union boss for the Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia went to trial for federal charges including intimidation, racketeering and conspiracy. Other defendants in the case opted to a plea deal, so “the Don” will stand trial alone. According to federal prosecutors, 73-year-old Joseph Dougherty created “goon squads” within the ironworkers’ union, which he used to threaten builders, smash beams, and burn down jobsites if potential … [Read more...]

Warners Bros Faces Racketeering Lawsuit for “The Conjuring”

Major Hollywood Producing Studio Warners Bros Faces Racketeering Lawsuit Warner Bros and New Line Cinema, two major Hollywood production companies, face a racketeering lawsuit filed by a film producer over “The Conjuring” and its sequels. Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund has been battling Warner Bros for the past year over a rights dispute in “The Conjuring,” and has now added racketeering charges to the lawsuit against the Hollywood giant, filed in Texas. The racketeering charges claim that New Line Cinema LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Bros, … [Read more...]

Racketeering Lawsuit Filed Over Failed Health Care Website

Oregon Files False Statements and Racketeering Lawsuit Against Company for Failed Health Care Exchange Site On Friday, August 22nd, the state of Oregon filed a racketing lawsuit against Oracle America, Inc, and several of the technology company’s executes, which included charges of racketeering, false statements, and fraud, over failed health care exchange site. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a 126-page racketeering and fraud lawsuit in Marion County court, alleging that Oracle fraudulently induced the state and its health … [Read more...]

Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty to Racketeering Charges

Former California Senator Pleads Not Guilty to Racketeering Charges Former California state senator Leland Yee, arrested on charges of bribery and gun running, faced new federal charges for racketeering and other RICO violations on Friday, July 25th. On Thursday, July 31st, he pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges. Yee previously pleaded not guilty to the other federal charges, including bribery, corruption, and arms trafficking, in which federal investigators worked undercover, posing as businessmen and gun runners. He allegedly … [Read more...]

Leland Yee Faces New Racketeering Charge

Former California State Senator Faces Racketeering Charge with Other Federal Charges After his arrest in March for numerous federal charges, former California state senator Leland Yee pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud, bribery, public corruption, and arms trafficking on April 8th. Now, federal investigators have added racketeering charges to the list of federal crimes. The new racketeering charge was handed up to a federal grand jury on Friday, July 25th, and involves an incident in 2013 in which Yee, a Democratic representative … [Read more...]

Uber, Lyft Face Racketeering Charges in Connecticut

Ridesharing Services Uber and Lyft Charged with Racketeering by Cab Companies In Connecticut, two booming ridesharing services, Uber and Lyft, face charges of racketeering in a lawsuit filed by cab and livery companies, which allege that the two ridesharing services “prey parasitically” on established businesses. The Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) gives the government discretion to investigate and prosecute the operation of an illegal business or enterprise, including a fraudulent scam, for an individual or … [Read more...]

Ringling Bros Racketeering Lawsuit Settled

Humane Society Agrees to Settle Racketeering Lawsuit Against Ringling Bros Circus On Thursday, May 15th, the Humane Society of the United States has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed 14 years ago against Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, for $15.75 million. In retaliation, Feld filed a racketeering lawsuit against the animal rights groups. The Humane Society, along with other animal rights groups, filed a lawsuit against the entertainment company primarily because of unsubstantiated … [Read more...]

Allstate Awarded $3.8 Million in RICO Trial

Allstate Insurance Awarded $3.8 Million in Trial Against RICO Violators After a 6-week jury trial, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled that defendants in a RICO violations trial would pay $3.8 million to Allstate, whom they defrauded. The jury found Michael Kent Plambeck, D.C., Jennifer Giessner, Douglas Friedman, Randal Toca, and other persons and entities guilty of racketeering, in violation of the Federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and the Ohio Corrupt Practices … [Read more...]

RICO Charges Filed Against PA Ironworkers Union

Ten Members of Pennsylvania Ironworkers Union Arrested on RICO Charges Ten members of the a Philadelphia-area ironworkers union have been arrested on RICO charges including racketeering and arson to coerce building contractors to hire them over non-union workers. Federal prosecutors said they had arrested 10 of the union’s business officials and members on RICO charges on Tuesday, February 18th. United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announced the indictment of Joseph Dougherty, the union’s Financial Secretary and Business Manager had … [Read more...]