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 accused confessed during initial interrogation that they had also extorted money from various persons before it.
BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces arrested a man who allegedly extorted a woman into securing his emigration to Switzerland, a statement from the agency said.
We want officers of the unit who extorted money from us to be removed,' the report says.
'If they [Cabinet secretaries] know they have been working properly, let them not be extorted by these MPs pretending to be moving impeachment motions and sending people to pick money from them.'
These gangs are active since last two to three years and Delhi Police recently arrested three persons including official of Delhi home guards who allegedly extorted money from almost 100 people in the last two years including a pilot.
Brank, who also extorted an Audi sports car out of Burns, will have to repay the chairman of the Internet phone service company the $500,000 he took from him.
Daughter allegedly seduced wealthy manager first in hotel room and later extorted him of large amounts of money.
A resident of the district applied to the police on January 26, claiming that a senior school student extorted about $80 from her grandson.
The persons from whom money was sought to be extorted included prominent businessmen, heads of schools, banks officials and other important persons.
I have never extorted anyone in my life, nor would I ever."
Once again, it is the poor, hard-pressed, decent people who are being extorted and abused.
Investigators said that Ivan Maksakov from Balakovo, Alexander Petrov from Astrakhan, and Denis Stepanov from St Petersburg extorted more than $4 million (pounds 2.1m) from UK companies in 2004.