Deterring Business Crime: RICO, False Claims Act, & Sarbanes-Oxley Act


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When a business owner engages in certain illegal activities, the RICO Act applies when...

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1. There is an important element of racketeering that must be proved in order to apply the RICO Act. What is it?

2. Dr. Mendham needed a few extra bucks. He decided to bill the insurance companies for procedures he did not perform. What can he be charged with?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Business crime, often called white collar crime, involves theft and other offenses related to finances, and while it is typically non-violent, the number of victims in each case can range from a single individual to the public at large. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand three major deterrents to business crime and how each of these laws work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Types of business crimes
  • The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, RICO
  • The False Claims Act
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Crimes covered by RICO

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the information you've gained about deterrents to white collar crime
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about violations covered by laws meant to deter business crime
  • Making connections - use your understanding of deterrents to business crime to explain how these laws work to change corporate culture

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on deterrents to business crime. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define types of business crimes
  • Know what constitutes a violation of the False Claims Act
  • Understand the scope of the RICO act
  • Understand the requirements of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act
  • Understand how laws deter business crime