Racketeering were operations that would provide much needed credits to the Zann Consortium.
Racketeering operations required a defiler, enough credits to expend, as well as a certain number of Intimidation operations performed and enough Mercenary Assault Squads to commit. Also, this corruption option is the default for a conquered planet that has not been corrupted.
There are many benefits to racketeering operations. One of the benefits is the usual ability to view enemy units and facilities. Another is that any enemy unit killed in action over a racketeering ring planet is salvaged and earns money for the Consortium. Racketeering operations also agument the Consortium's daily income.