The Mafia and Mob Crime

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Historically, the Mafia was a system of organized crime where decisions were made at the top and trickled down. The Mafia was comprised of several families with the leaders acting as representatives for their own. While sometimes they fought each other in bloody gang wars, they also worked together for greater profits. Some even served on a “Commission” where the major decisions for all families were made. The Commission’s role was to supervise and regulate mob activity across the United States.

While some regional families have been isolated for decades, others have remained active and have become highly sophisticated. These families are capable of engaging in violence, which is one reason why recent sweeps have kept their leadership in a muddle. However, even if the leadership of these families is in disarray, there is no reason why the Mafia will not increase in size. As former federal prosecutor Mark Feldman notes, the mob has the ability to recruit and organise members.

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act) is one such federal law. During the 1970s, this law became one of the most powerful tools against mobsters, allowing prosecutors to extend criminal penalties for acts carried out as part of an ongoing criminal organization. Violations of RICO Act carry up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Violations also entail forfeiture of any properties acquired by the violator. This legislation takes on the entire organization, including the capos.

The Mafia had many ways to influence society. It could raid union pension funds and extort businesses and unions with the threat of a workers’ strike. In addition, many of these groups engaged in bid rigging, which led to construction projects that could not proceed without approval from the Five Families. Furthermore, bribes and intimidation of witnesses were common tactics used by the Mafia to prevent prosecution.

There are five original Mafia groups throughout the world. These are characterized by the region they operate in. All of these groups have their fingers in a variety of criminal operations around the world. The Sicilian Mafia started in the island of Sicily, while the Camorra and the Calabrian Mafia were founded in Naples and Calabria. In the United States, the Chicago Outfit and the Sacra Corona Unita are both based in the region of Puglia.

As far as extortion is concerned, Cosa Nostra racketeers extorted kickbacks from rank-and-file union members. These kickbacks were sometimes known as Christmas gifts, as they meant that workers had to pay a portion of their salaries to a union boss controlled by the organized crime. They were also used to control work assignments in the Port of New York. The Lucchese family’s influence over two Teamsters locals also enabled them to control the air cargo at the John F. Kennedy Airport.

Regardless of ethnicity, most members of the Mafia are Catholic or Italian in origin. They swear allegiance to their gang before their birth families or even God. The Mafia has a strong history of corruption in New York and elsewhere. But, despite the fact that the Mafia may be considered a system of organized crime, it is not a political organization. For all of the reasons noted above, the Mafia remains a very powerful organization.

In a mob crime case, it is critical to hire a criminal defense lawyer that is experienced in dealing with mob crimes. Attorney Karine Basmadjian and her team have over two decades of experience representing clients in both federal and state criminal courts. The team’s extensive experience helps protect clients from the harsh consequences associated with convictions under the RICO. For free consultations, call us today. We’ll do everything we can to get you the best possible outcome.

Aside from the Cosa Nostra in Italy, the American Mafia in New York is a large criminal organization. Although the American Mafia has its own history, the Italian Mafia has the highest number of members. It is not clear who started the crime but it is a tradition dating back to the 19th century. There are many examples of the Mafia in the United States and elsewhere.

The American Mafia was organized by a series of groups that evolved into gangs. Initially, only full-blooded Italians were allowed to join the Mafia, but it has since evolved into numerous different groups. The movie Baccano, for example, takes place during the era of the American prohibition. By the 1930s, all the Camorra groups in the United States had merged into the Mafia.

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