A racketeer is a criminal, especially one who's involved in organized white collar crime or dishonest business dealings. If a lawyer embezzles money from her clients, she is a racketeer.

Racketeers commit crimes in order to make money for themselves. In many cases, a racketeer is a business owner or professional who falsifies financial records to hide income or bills clients for more than they owe. A racket is a scam or fake service that's run by a racketeer — and the crime itself, if the racketeer is caught, is called racketeering. The source of all three words is thought to be racquet, and the idea of a scam as a "game."

Definitions of racketeer

n someone who commits crimes for profit (especially one who obtains money by fraud or extortion)

a racketeer assigned to collect or distribute payoff money
Type of:
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw
someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

v carry on illegal business activities involving crime

Type of:
carry on, conduct, deal
direct the course of; manage or control

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