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   ORS 166.720 Racketeering activity unlawful; penalties. 

  (1) It is unlawful for any person who has knowingly received any proceeds derived, directly or indirectly, from a pattern of racketeering activity or through the collection of an unlawful debt to use or invest, whether directly or indirectly, any part of such proceeds, or the proceeds derived from the investment or use thereof, in the acquisition of any title to, or any right, interest or equity in, real property or in the establishment or operation of any enterprise.


   (2) It is unlawful for any person, through a pattern of racketeering activity or through the collection of an unlawful debt, to acquire or maintain, directly or indirectly, any interest in or control of any real property or enterprise.


   (3) It is unlawful for any person employed by, or associated with, any enterprise to conduct or participate, directly or indirectly, in such enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity or the collection of an unlawful debt.


   (4) It is unlawful for any person to conspire or endeavor to violate any of the provisions of subsections (1), (2) or (3) of this section.


   (5)(a) Any person convicted of engaging in activity in violation of the provisions of subsections (1) to (4) of this section is guilty of a Class A felony.

   (b) In lieu of a fine otherwise authorized by law, any person convicted of engaging in conduct in violation of the provisions of subsections (1) to (4) of this section, through which the person derived a pecuniary value, or by which the person caused personal injury or property damage or other loss, may be sentenced to pay a fine that does not exceed three times the gross value gained or three times the gross loss caused, whichever is greater, plus court costs and the costs of investigation and prosecution, reasonably incurred.

   (c) The court shall hold a hearing to determine the amount of the fine authorized by paragraph (b) of this subsection.

   (d) For the purposes of paragraph (b) of this subsection, “pecuniary value” means:

   (A) Anything of value in the form of money, a negotiable instrument, a commercial interest or anything else the primary significance of which is economic advantage; or

   (B) Any other property or service that has a value in excess of $100.

   (6) An allegation of a pattern of racketeering activity is sufficient if it contains substantially the following:

   (a) A statement of the acts constituting each incident of racketeering activity in ordinary and concise language, and in a manner that enables a person of common understanding to know what is intended;

   (b) A statement of the relation to each incident of racketeering activity that the conduct was committed on or about a designated date, or during a designated period of time;

   (c) A statement, in the language of ORS 166.715 (4) or other ordinary and concise language, designating which distinguishing characteristic or characteristics interrelate the incidents of racketeering activity; and

   (d) A statement that the incidents alleged were not isolated. [1981 c.769 §§3,4; 1997 c.789 §2]


   ORS 166.715 Definitions for ORS 166.715 to 166.735. 


As used in ORS 166.715 to 166.735, unless the context requires otherwise:


   (1) “Documentary material” means any book, paper, document, writing, drawing, graph, chart, photograph, phonograph record, magnetic tape, computer printout, other data compilation from which information can be obtained or from which information can be translated into usable form, or other tangible item.


   (2) “Enterprise” includes any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, business trust or other profit or nonprofit legal entity, and includes any union, association or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity, and both illicit and licit enterprises and governmental and nongovernmental entities.


   (3) “Investigative agency” means the Department of Justice or any district attorney.


   (4) “Pattern of racketeering activity” means engaging in at least two incidents of racketeering activity that have the same or similar intents, results, accomplices, victims or methods of commission or otherwise are interrelated by distinguishing characteristics, including a nexus to the same enterprise, and are not isolated incidents, provided at least one of such incidents occurred after November 1, 1981, and that the last of such incidents occurred within five years after a prior incident of racketeering activity. Notwithstanding ORS 131.505 to 131.525 or 419A.190 or any other provision of law providing that a previous prosecution is a bar to a subsequent prosecution, conduct that constitutes an incident of racketeering activity may be used to establish a pattern of racketeering activity without regard to whether the conduct previously has been the subject of a criminal prosecution or conviction or a juvenile court adjudication, unless the prosecution resulted in an acquittal or the adjudication resulted in entry of an order finding the youth not to be within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.


   (5) “Person” means any individual or entity capable of holding a legal or beneficial interest in real or personal property.


   (6) “Racketeering activity” includes conduct of a person committed both before and after the person attains the age of 18 years, and means to commit, to attempt to commit, to conspire to commit, or to solicit, coerce or intimidate another person to commit:

   (a) Any conduct that constitutes a crime, as defined in ORS 161.515, under any of the following provisions of the Oregon Revised Statutes:

   (A) ORS 59.005 to 59.451, 59.710 to 59.830, 59.991 and 59.995, relating to securities;

   (B) ORS 162.015, 162.025 and 162.065 to 162.085, relating to bribery and perjury;

   (C) ORS 162.235, 162.265 to 162.305, 162.325, 162.335, 162.355 and 162.365, relating to obstructing governmental administration;

   (D) ORS 162.405 to 162.425, relating to abuse of public office;

   (E) ORS 162.455, relating to interference with legislative operation;

   (F) ORS 163.095 to 163.115, 163.118, 163.125 and 163.145, relating to criminal homicide;

   (G) ORS 163.160 to 163.205, relating to assault and related offenses;

   (H) ORS 163.225 and 163.235, relating to kidnapping;

   (I) ORS 163.275, relating to coercion;

   (J) ORS 163.665 to 163.693, relating to sexual conduct of children;

   (K) ORS 164.015, 164.043, 164.045, 164.055, 164.057, 164.075 to 164.095, 164.098, 164.125, 164.135, 164.140, 164.215, 164.225 and 164.245 to 164.270, relating to theft, burglary, criminal trespass and related offenses;

   (L) ORS 164.315 to 164.335, relating to arson and related offenses;

   (M) ORS 164.345 to 164.365, relating to criminal mischief;

   (N) ORS 164.395 to 164.415, relating to robbery;

   (O) ORS 164.865, 164.875 and 164.868 to 164.872, relating to unlawful recording or labeling of a recording;

   (P) ORS 165.007 to 165.022, 165.032 to 165.042 and 165.055 to 165.070, relating to forgery and related offenses;

   (Q) ORS 165.080 to 165.109, relating to business and commercial offenses;

   (R) ORS 165.540 and 165.555, relating to communication crimes;

   (S) ORS 166.180, 166.190, 166.220, 166.250, 166.270, 166.275, 166.410, 166.450 and 166.470, relating to firearms and other weapons;

   (T) ORS 164.377 (2) to (4), as punishable under ORS 164.377 (5)(b), 167.007 to 167.017, 167.057, 167.062 to 167.080, 167.090, 167.122 to 167.137, 167.147, 167.164, 167.167, 167.212, 167.355, 167.365, 167.370, 167.428, 167.431 and 167.439, relating to prostitution, obscenity, sexual conduct, gambling, computer crimes involving the Oregon State Lottery, animal fighting, forcible recovery of a fighting bird and related offenses;

   (U) ORS 171.990, relating to legislative witnesses;

   (V) ORS 260.575 and 260.665, relating to election offenses;

   (W) ORS 314.075, relating to income tax;

   (X) ORS 180.440 (2) and 180.486 (2) and ORS chapter 323, relating to cigarette and tobacco products taxes and the directories developed under ORS 180.425 and 180.477;

   (Y) ORS 411.630, 411.675, 411.690 and 411.840, relating to public assistance payments, and ORS 411.990 (2) and (3);

   (Z) ORS 462.140, 462.415 and 462.420 to 462.520, relating to racing;

   (AA) ORS 463.995, relating to boxing, mixed martial arts and entertainment wrestling, as defined in ORS 463.015;

   (BB) ORS 471.305, 471.360, 471.392 to 471.400, 471.403, 471.404, 471.405, 471.425, 471.442, 471.445, 471.446, 471.485, 471.490 and 471.675, relating to alcoholic liquor, and any of the provisions of ORS chapter 471 relating to licenses issued under the Liquor Control Act;

   (CC) ORS 475.005 to 475.285 and 475.752 to 475.980, relating to controlled substances;

   (DD) ORS 480.070, 480.210, 480.215, 480.235 and 480.265, relating to explosives;

   (EE) ORS 819.010, 819.040, 822.100, 822.135 and 822.150, relating to motor vehicles;

   (FF) ORS 658.452 or 658.991 (2) to (4), relating to farm labor contractors;

   (GG) ORS chapter 706, relating to banking law administration;

   (HH) ORS chapter 714, relating to branch banking;

   (II) ORS chapter 716, relating to mutual savings banks;

   (JJ) ORS chapter 723, relating to credit unions;

   (KK) ORS chapter 726, relating to pawnbrokers;

   (LL) ORS 166.382 and 166.384, relating to destructive devices;

   (MM) ORS 165.074;

   (NN) ORS 86A.095 to 86A.198, relating to mortgage bankers and mortgage brokers;

   (OO) ORS chapter 496, 497 or 498, relating to wildlife;

   (PP) ORS 163.355 to 163.427, relating to sexual offenses;

   (QQ) ORS 166.015, relating to riot;

   (RR) ORS 166.155 and 166.165, relating to intimidation;

   (SS) ORS chapter 696, relating to real estate and escrow;

   (TT) ORS chapter 704, relating to outfitters and guides;

   (UU) ORS 165.692, relating to making a false claim for health care payment;

   (VV) ORS 162.117, relating to public investment fraud;

   (WW) ORS 164.170 or 164.172;

   (XX) ORS 647.140, 647.145 or 647.150, relating to trademark counterfeiting;

   (YY) ORS 164.886;

   (ZZ) ORS 167.312 and 167.388;

   (AAA) ORS 164.889;

   (BBB) ORS 165.800; or

   (CCC) ORS 163.263, 163.264 or 163.266.

   (b) Any conduct defined as “racketeering activity” under 18 U.S.C. 1961 (1)(B), (C), (D) and (E).


   (7) “Unlawful debt” means any money or other thing of value constituting principal or interest of a debt that is legally unenforceable in the state in whole or in part because the debt was incurred or contracted:

    (a) In violation of any one of the following:

    (A) ORS chapter 462, relating to racing;

    (B) ORS 167.108 to 167.164, relating to gambling; or

    (C) ORS 82.010 to 82.170, relating to interest and usury.

    (b) In gambling activity in violation of federal law or in the business of lending money at a rate usurious under federal or state law.


    (8) Notwithstanding contrary provisions in ORS 174.060, when this section references a statute in the Oregon Revised Statutes that is substantially different in the nature of its essential provisions from what the statute was when this section was enacted, the reference shall extend to and include amendments to the statute. [1981 c.769 §2; 1983 c.338 §898; 1983 c.715 §1; 1985 c.176 §5; 1985 c.557 §8; 1987 c.158 §31; 1987 c.249 §7; 1987 c.789 §20; 1987 c.907 §12; 1989 c.384 §2; 1989 c.839 §27; 1989 c.846 §13; 1989 c.982 §6; 1991 c.398 §3; 1991 c.962 §6; 1993 c.95 §13; 1993 c.215 §1; 1993 c.508 §45; 1993 c.680 §29; 1995 c.301 §35; 1995 c.440 §13; 1995 c.768 §10; 1997 c.631 §420; 1997 c.789 §1; 1997 c.867 §23; 1999 c.722 §8; 1999 c.878 §4; 2001 c.146 §1; 2001 c.147 §3; 2003 c.111 §1; 2003 c.484 §8; 2003 c.801 §15; 2003 c.804 §66; 2007 c.498 §3; 2007 c.585 §26; 2007 c.811 §7; 2007 c.869 §7; 2009 c.717 §25; 2011 c.597 §166; 2011 c.681 §6]

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