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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United States, the Court held that the Hobbs Act does not require the extortioner to affirmatively induce a bribe.
He told how on more than one occasion he lent the bachelor - who lived with his mum - cash to pay one of his Welsh extortioners.
Nor theiues nor couetous nor drunkards nor reuilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdome of God.
It added that Lemanski had made slanderous accusations against Hoser, who headed the Pallottine order in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, and depicted the Polish church as "a center for rapists, pedophiles, hypocrites, extortioners and drunkards.
The excise-mens lamentation: or, an impeachment in behalf of the Commons of this nation, against their insulting publicans, and cruell oppressors and extortioners, London: G.
The lawmaker recommended that the Government is reduced, strict oversight is maintained over implementation of the programs, and "all beasts and extortioners are shot mercilessly.
Belcour aligns himself with his audience as he describes his first experiences on English soil: "Accustomed to a land of slaves and out of patience with the whole tribe of custom-house extortioners, boatmen, tidewaiters, and water bailiffs that beset me on all sides worse than a swarm of mosquitos," he admits that he "brushed them aside" too roughly and that a "furious scuffle" ensued.
Hugh Latimer urged the young king's councilors to enforce these laws by authorizing informers to prosecute "rent-raisers, oppressors of the poor, extortioners, bribers, [and] usurers" (Davies 1956: 30).
He decried the "fat saucy extortioners and speculators who have been striving to make fortunes .
Donald Rayfield reminds us that Russia "is ruled by a man who is, by career and choice, a successor to Yagoda and Beria," and today's FSB "has taken, in alliance with bandits and extortioners, the commanding heights of the country's government and economic riches, and goes on lying to, and when expedient murdering, its citizens.