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.
A Crown lawyer said: "Police are in no doubt this was a UDA extortion operation and are of the belief that Owens is the main extortioner for the UDA in North Belfast."
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. He said he was haunted by the fact that his closet life could one day lead to his ruin and would do anything to keep it under wraps.
In her case, it manifested as a gambling habit that brought her into a "demiworld of gamblers and extortioners" writes Markus, and led to enormous debts.
THE terrified mum of an Altcourse prisoner says she was targeted by extortioners who forced her to pay more than PS1,700 to secure her son's protection.
Nor theiues nor couetous nor drunkards nor reuilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdome of God....
(39.) 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.
MP Iskhak Masaliev, leader of the Communist parliamentary faction, today said the Kyrgyz Government should "mercilessly shoot al beasts and extortioners." The Parliament today adopted the Law on Social Mandate in the second reading, under which non-governmental organizations help the state deliver social services to the population and fulfill social mandate.
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 ...