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The Racketeering Records Analysis Unit examines evidence relating to criminal organizations. Records may include ledgers, notebooks, encoded documents, banking records, real estate records, tax records, wire-intercepted conversations, computers and computer diskettes, electronic data organizers, and video gambling machines. The Unit consists of four subunits:

  • Gambling Subunit—Examines records relating to sports bookmaking, loansharking, prostitution, illegal lottery, video gambling machines, and Internet gambling. Records may reveal the type of operation, dates of activity, wagering amounts, types of wagers, roles of participants, operational accounting methods, and annual percentage rates.

  • Drug Subunit—Examines records relating to marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine drug-trafficking operations. Records may reveal the type of operation, type of drug, quantity of drug sold or purchased, unit prices, method of payment, transaction dates, roles of participants, gross and net profits, and operating expenses.

  • Money Laundering Subunit—Examines financial records relating to white collar crime, organized crime, drugs, and domestic and international terrorism matters. Records may reveal the financial interests of subjects, the subjects' ownership interests in assets, and the movement of money through financial institutions and across international borders.

  • Cryptanalysis Subunit—Decrypts codes and ciphers found in letters, diaries, and ledgers. Common users of codes and ciphers include gang members, prison inmates, and extremist groups.

For more information about records evidence or the Racketeering Records Analysis Unit, see the Racketeering Records Examinations section of the Handbook of Forensic Services and the Codes and Ciphers article in Forensic Science Communications.


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Member of a La Cosa Nostra Organization convicted of operating an illegal sports bookmaking operation

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Money laundering transforms income of illegal origin into money that appears to have been legitimately earned or obtained.

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Prison gangs, such as the Nuestra Familia, may use elaborate artwork to conceal secret messages.

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Information revised October 2000