Todd Martin, a 25-year-old entrepreneur, was on his way to taking in $2 million per month. He owned a Ferrari, a BMW, four Mercedes-Benzes, and had recently moved into a $1.1 million home. Todd’s luxurious lifestyle was furnished wholly from money made due to his Internet activities as the notorious spammer, Hanzel. After discovering that Todd had been violating anti-spamming laws. as well as performing illegal conduct on the Internet such as selling cable descramblers and fake college degrees, federal agents raided Todd’s office and seized $4.2 million in assets. Todd is furious and subsequently leaves a message with your supervising attorney, inquiring about the government’s ability to seize his assets when he has not yet had a trial.
Please draft a short memo explaining the applicable provisions from Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and its applicability to the seizure of Todd’s assets.
*An IRAC style essay is appropriate for this assignment.*