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Federal authorities to go after Dudus' assets

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2011 | 5:05 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, Assistant News Editor

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

The United States Government will be going after the assets of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, as part of his sentence for drug and gun running.

The forfeiture is being made under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which allows for extended criminal penalties for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organisation.

The prosecution has claimed that Coke acquired and maintained assets in violation of the RICO Act, and that these assets are therefore subject to forfeiture.

While not listing specific properties, a court document states that these include any and all property derived from proceeds obtained directly or indirectly from racketeering.

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The prosecutors said the state will also go after other assets if it is unable, for any reason, to seize those Coke obtained from racketeering.

Some of the reasons which could keep the US from seizing the ill-gotten assets include, the state not being able to locate the property; if the property has been sold or transferred to a third person; or if the property has been substantially diminished in value.