Young Thug and Gunna's RICO charges and indictment explained

24 May 2022, 17:28

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What are RICO charges? What does RICO stand for? What involvement did Young Thug and Gunna have in the case? Here's everything we know so far...

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Young Thug and Gunna have been named as defendants in a 56-count RICO indictment, according to a report by WSB-TV.

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On Monday (May 9th) it was reported that the two rappers are facing charges regarding the RICO act.

Here’s what we know about the case so far...

Young Thug and Gunna
Young Thug and Gunna. Picture: Getty

On May 23rd, a judge denied bond for Gunna and set a new trial date for 2023. In a tweet from reporter Jewel Wicker, who was present at the hearing she claims that the 'Prosecutors allege YSL is a gang, not just a record label', adding that 'they allege Gunna plays a main role in YSL".

She also tweeted that "prosecutors said Gunna is a 'documented' gang member and that he and Williams 'direct their troops' to commit violent acts".

"The judge said his biggest concern was witness tampering. Gunna’s attorney can file a renewed motion for bond at a later date".

  1. What are RICO charges?

    RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The act has has been used to target organised crime in the US.

    The RICO act was passed in 1970 and was created to prosecute Mafia families and other crime organisations.

    RICO involves 35 crimes including murder, kidnapping, slavery, human smuggling and money-related crimes such as embezzlement, money laundering and bribery.

    Those charged under the RICO Act can face a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

  2. How are Young Thug and Gunna involved?

    Gunna (real name Sergio Kitchens) and Young Thug ( real name Jeffery Williams) are being charged through the RICO act.

    Young Thug

    On Monday (May 9th) WSBTV reported Seiden reported in a Twitter post, that the rappers and 26 other members of Thug’s collective and record label YSL (Young Stoner Life or Young Slime/Slatt Life) have been indicted on RICO charges.

    Atlanta rapper Young Thug rose to fame in 2014 with the singles 'Stoner' and 'Danny Glover'
    Atlanta rapper Young Thug rose to fame in 2014 with the singles 'Stoner' and 'Danny Glover'. Picture: Getty

    Young Thug was taken into custody on Monday (May 9th) and booked into Fulton County Jail. He made his first court appearance on Monday.

    Seiden wrote: “The indictment includes charges of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, murder, armed robbery (and) participation in criminal street gang activity.”

    Seiden reports Young Thug faces charges of “participation in street gang activity and conspiring to violate” under the RICO Act..

    Thug’s conspiracy charge reportedly stems from alleged crime that happened on January 24th, 2013.

    The gang-activity charge stems from an alleged crime on May 24th, 2013.

    In the Twitter thread, Seiden said prosecutors claimed: “YSL is a criminal street gang that started in late 2012 in the Cleveland Avenue area of ATL (Atlanta). YSL claims affiliation with the national Bloods gang.”

    Young Thug’s legal team denied all charges against him.

    “I’ll tell you the response to any allegation; Mr Williams committed no crime whatsoever and we will fight to my last drop of blood to clear him,” Thug’s attorney Brian Steel told WSB-TV.

    The 'Hot' rapper is expected to make his first public appearance on Tuesday, May 10th at 11.30am local time.

    Georgia rapper Gunna got signed to Thug’s record label YSL Records and released his debut album Drip or Drown 2 in 2019.
    Georgia rapper Gunna got signed to Thug’s record label YSL Records and released his debut album Drip or Drown 2 in 2019. Picture: Getty


    Gunna faces one count of conspiring to violate the same RICO act.

    Gunna was not booked into jail when Young Thug's was announced and has yet to comment on the situation.

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