racketeering

noun
rack·​e·​teer·​ing | \ ˌra-kə-ˈtir-iŋ \

Legal Definition of racketeering

1 : the extortion of money or advantage by threat or force
2 : a pattern of illegal activity (as extortion and murder) that is carried out in furtherance of an enterprise (as a criminal syndicate) which is owned or controlled by those engaged in such activity — see also Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — compare organized crime

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“Racketeering.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/racketeering. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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