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RICO laws

Disabled Person

Structured Settlement Annuities (SSAs) are often used to settle personal injury or medical malpractice cases where large sums will be needed to pay for long-term treatment or care of an injured person. SSAs help persons who may be impaired or not financially savvy by providing steady or periodic income streams over long periods of time. But the complaint claims that beneficiaries are vulnerable to unscrupulous companies who want to buy their income streams for low but immediate payments that are not proper compensation for the long-term income. State and federal laws require judicial review of all such purchases to ensure that they are in the best interest of the beneficiaries. Unfortunately, the complaint alleges, a conspiracy has been formed in Virginia that involves an attorney, companies that purchase SSA benefits, and complicit judges. The complaint alleges that the conspiracy violates RICO laws and defrauds beneficiaries.


The complaint for this class action alleges that Petland, Inc. and its co-conspirators failed to properly check the health of the cats and dogs it sold and, when new owners saw signs that animals were sick, attempted to hide their true condition in order to protect Petland’s profits.

MDOC Prisons

This class action is one of eleven RICO lawsuits filed by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood against individual and corporate conspirators in a Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) prison bribery scandal. Global Tel Link (GTL) provides inmate telephone calling (ICS) and other services to inmates in Mississippi jails. This class action alleges that GTL paid bribes to Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner Christopher Epps, through Sam Waggoner, a “consultant” for GTL. GTL, Epps, and Waggoner are charged with a scheme involving bribery, kickbacks, money laundering, and excessive charges and fees for inmates.