RICO Indictments at Clayton County Jail

More than 100 arrests were made recently in connection with the investigation into the Clayton County Jail. According to a press release sent to the media on Thursday, “the crimes committed by those arrested included crossing guard lines, extortion, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, kidnapping, possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute, possession of prohibited items by inmates, bribery, and others.” Clayton County District Attorney Tasha Mosley informed that the indictment “accuses inmates of having gang affiliation and committing unthinkable crimes behind bars.”

Mosley crafted a “65 count indictment under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (R.I.C.O.).” R.I.C.O.  is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. “It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. Such activity may include illegal gambling, bribery, kidnapping, murder, money laundering, counterfeiting, embezzlement, drug trafficking, slavery, and a host of other unsavory business practices.” See brief statement on the R.I.C.O. law here.

A 2 ½ minute FOX 5 News video, here, informs that a Clayton County grand jury handed down “a bombshell indictment” alleging criminal enterprises operated inside the jail. The video shows that the 65-count indictment held by the District Attorney seems to be about thirty pages.  DA Mosley stated that “family members of inmates and defense attorneys tipped her off.” Mosley claimed she received “phone calls on a daily basis from loved ones, from defense attorneys, telling her what’s going on.” The investigation began in October.

The indictment says one of those accused is a former security specialist for the jail. He is alleged to have taken bribes through Cash App. Mosley informed “there will be additional indictments soon.”

D & B Staff

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