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Extortion

An illegal act in which one coerces another into providing money or something else of value. For example, one may extort money from a business by threat of force. Extortion historically has been common in organized crime.
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Ladbrokes' spokesman Ciaran O'Brien said: "Russian hackers did attempt to extort money from us once.
Pereira Vaz, a Portuguese woman, appeared with millionaire Chemello, 61, at a court near Gibraltar to face accusations that they tried to extort money in return for information about the four-year-old, who went missing on May 3 from Praia da Luz on the Algarve.
Senator Pleasant Bridgewater, a lawyer from Grand Bahama, has been charged with conspiracy to extort.
The District Attorney's Office will not file charges against a sheriff's lieutenant accused of trying to extort money from Los Angeles Councilman Nate Holden and his son, Pasadena Mayor Chris Holden, officials said.
It's an attempt to extort money and to use the legal system to extort money, and it's an absolute outrage because nothing ever happened.
London, February 18 (ANI): A paramedic hauled in by cops after being accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from John Travolta has been released on bail.
For AEA member firms and other high tech public companies, what Congress has done will allow our companies to go back to creating jobs and wealth, and spending less time looking over their shoulders at lawyers trying to extort settlements even though the companies have done nothing wrong.
A man who mailed a threatening letter in an attempt to extort $500,000 from a prominent Ventura County family pleaded guilty Monday in Los Angeles to federal charges, a federal prosecutor said.
It was allegedly part of her plan to extort control of the business.
Jackson was convicted in July of plotting to extort money from Cosby and threatening to tell tabloid newspapers she was his out-of-wedlock daughter.
To finance the bombing spree, Cockrell also planned to kidnap auto dealer Ray Feinstein and his wife and then extort money from the couple before murdering them, Pratt said.
ub)NBA: A desperately indebted businessman who tried to extort $150,000 from Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller avoided prison time when a sympathetic judge sentenced him to five years' probation.