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San Antonio Express-News.com
January 2, 2012

Prosecutors like RICO
By Guillermo Contreras

Entering its 42nd year, the RICO Act remains one of the country's toughest and most sweeping laws. Part of it allows fraud victims to file civil suits and recover up to three times the damages they suffered. RICO prosecutions are not that common in Texas. An analysis of Justice Department data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University shows 1,373 people were prosecuted under RICO nationwide between 2005 and 2010, but only 56 of them were prosecuted in Texas, 34 in the Western District of Texas, which is headquartered in San Antonio.

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