Extortion

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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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The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector.
One hundred years ago, the leading critic of "salary loan lending" called such people "sharks, leeches and remorseless extortioners.
They are seen as anew group of extortioners who stand in the way of their economic advancement (Ibid.
Fraudsters, extortioners, criminals, terrorists, or simply the deranged may attack any company through its voice network.
He said the former Cardiff West MP paid extortioners to keep them quiet and asked Mr Abse to help him.