Down The RICO Rabbit Hole: John Reynolds And The Hospital For Special Surgery

February 13, 2013  |  The Insider: White Collar Defense and Securities Enforcement

To state that the federal RICO statue has long since slipped the bounds of Congress’s original intent is hardly a novel observation. Although the U.S. Attorney’s Manual points out that "the purpose of the RICO statute is 'the elimination of the infiltration of organized crime and racketeering into legitimate organizations,'" the very same paragraph of the Manual proclaims that "the statute is sufficiently broad to encompass illegal activities relating to any enterprise affecting interstate or foreign commerce." The varied range of successful federal prosecutions premised on the RICO statute only proves the point, and numerous industries, including health care, have thus come within the statute's reach. [...]

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