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Blackmail

A crime in which one threatens to reveal damaging information about another unless the former is paid some amount of money or is given something of value. For example, one may threaten to reveal information about an extramarital affair or evidence that the other person committed a crime unless one is paid $100,000. Legally, blackmail is a form of extortion.
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After Nagata reported to police that he was blackmailed, his embezzlement was uncovered during the course of investigations into the blackmail, they said.
To counter the response that these are cases in which the blackmailees are being blackmailed only into not doing something, Mack suggests that the factory owner might be blackmailed into donating money for Cambodian relief (278).
He pressured and blackmailed government officials to settle the issues of his interest in their respective departments.
In a related incident, police are also investigating the death of one Ravindran, a businessman and native of Venjaramood near the state capital, who was one of the persons who was allegedly blackmailed by Jayachandran's gang.
The desperate drug addict blackmailed two Liverpool University students to whom he had previously sold cannabis.
He said the 30-year-old woman had been blackmailed from the time she was a child.
A lawyer blackmailed over a gay porn video could face action from legal watchdogs, it was revealed yesterday.
A THIEF blackmailed a Catholic priest by falsely claiming to have found child pornography on his mobile phone, a jury was told yesterday.
The grand mufti has warned girls of sweet-talking young men, which could lead to their being blackmailed.
A mother-of-three who blackmailed a 65-year-old man and claimed he sexually abused her was given a nine-month suspended prison sentence yesterday.
A mother-of-three who ran into financial problems when her marriage broke down blackmailed a 65-year-old man and claimed he sexually abused her over many years, a court was told yesterday.
THE Brazilian cleaner who blackmailed a judge with stolen sex tapes was convinced she would walk free and cash in on the tale.