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In the United States of America (US), offences and other criminal laws designed to prevent and suppress organised crime can be found at federal and state levels. The United States signed the Convention against Transnational Organised Crime on December 13, 2000, and ratified the Convention on November 3, 2005. This chapter explores and analyses the principal federal statute relating to organised crime commonly known as RICO or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act. This analysis is followed by brief outlines of other federal organised crime provisions and relevant organised crime laws in selected US States. Approximately one half of US states have passed laws similar to RICO. The main focus of the chapter is on organised crime offences in California and New York.

Keywords: Convention against Transnational Organised Crime; organised crime; Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act; United States of America (US)



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