Loan Shark

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Loan Shark

A person who lends money in exchange for its repayment at an interest rate that exceeds the percentage approved by law and who uses intimidating methods or threats of force in order to obtain repayment.

In most jurisdictions Usury laws regulate the charging of interest rates. Loan sharking violates these laws, and in many states it is punishable as a criminal offense. The usual penalty imposed is a fine, imprisonment or both.

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A mother of three from Merthyr Tydfil went into hiding more than two years ago after reporting members of her own family for loansharking.
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 1995--A Newton man pleaded guilty today in federal court to violations of federal racketeering, loansharking and money laundering laws.
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He admitted it was the proceeds of an illegal loansharking enterprise, state police said.
A CAR dealer who appeared before Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court yesterday admitted having a sideline in loansharking.
In January 1998, Gambino aide Nicholas "Little Nick" Corozzo - once considered next in line for the family's leadership - was sentenced to nearly six years in jail for running a Florida loansharking operation.
The Chancellor finally declared war on Wonga and other firms who charge exorbitant interest rates following our campaign against legal loansharking.
Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of the FBI, announced today the unsealing of an indictment against fourteen members and associates of the Gambino Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra (the Gambino Family) charging racketeering, murder, sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a minor, jury tampering, extortion, assault, narcotics trafficking, wire fraud, loansharking and illegal gambling.
A GROUP of Chinese gangsters have sparked a turf war over loansharking.
Gotti was charged with taking part in a criminal enterprise known as the Gambino family, and extortion, robbery, loansharking, gambling and bribery.
21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An indictment was unsealed this morning in federal court in Brooklyn charging Genovese family soldier JOHN GIGLIO, Genovese family associates VINCENT CASALE GARCIA, RICHARD DACUNTO, JOHN LAFORTE, and ANTHONY STOCCO, and Gambino family associates EDWARD FISHER, RAYMOND SPITALE, and SALVATORE PALMIERI with racketeering conspiracy, including charges of loansharking, extortion, attempted obstruction of justice, arson, and murder(1).
But they appeared to have shot themselves in the foot when it was revealed that one of the candidates who issued a statement backing PFI had once branded the policy as loansharking