When I talked to the FBI four years ago about the threats I got from Alley Valkyrie after I suggested in my newspaper SLEEPS may not be a true non-profit organization because it is not set up to pay taxes on donations the way OCCUPY was/is, the agent said this may constitute Racketeering. Belle told me she wanted Alley to carry out her threat, which she did in posting on the fake abuser site that Kim Hafner and Krista mention in their threats.
Did any member of SLEEPS point to the fake abuse poster of me, and threaten anyone with it? Did underlings behold Belle and Alley as bad-ass women enforcers? Did they acquire a reputation that told people they better do as they say – or else?
Racketeering refers to crimes committed through extortion or coercion. A racketeer attempts to obtain money or property from another person, usually through intimidation or force. The term is typically associated with organized crime. The law defines 35 different offenses that constitute racketeering in the U.S. The list includes gambling, kidnap, murder, arson, drug dealing, and bribery. Convicted racketeers can serve up to 20 years in prison, in addition to paying a fine of up to $
What Is Racketeering?
In the popular 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the character Jordan Belfort asks a room full of salesmen to sell him a pen. After everyone in the room tries to pitch him the pen, one of them asks Jordan to write his name, forcing him to ask for the pen. The short exercise concludes by citing the importance of “creating a need when none exists to conduct a sale and earn.”
What Are Examples of Racketeering?
Racketeering takes many forms. Recently, cyber extortion on a user’s computer has become more common. In this case, a hacker may illegally push malware onto a user’s computer, which blocks all the access to the computer and to the data stored on it. The hacker (or their partner), then demands money to restore the user’s access.
The 1970 RICO Act allows enforcement agencies to charge individuals or groups involved in various acts of racketeering as a group, not one crime at a time.
Racketeering may also take the form of a protection racket. In a protection racket, a criminal entity may threaten to cause harm to a business or an individual’s private property if the owner does not pay a fee for protection. In both examples, the criminal entity created a specific problem in order to offer a fix and earn money illegally.