Extort


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Extort

To compel or coerce, as in a confession or information, by any means serving to overcome the other's power of resistance, thus making the confession or admission involuntary. To gain by wrongful methods; to obtain in an unlawful manner, as in to compel payments by means of threats of injury to person, property, or reputation. To exact something wrongfully by threatening or putting in fear. The natural meaning of the word extort is to obtain money or other valuable things by compulsion, by actual force, or by the force of motives applied to the will, and often more overpowering and irresistible than physical force.

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'I want to tell Rotich, let them not be extorted. These guys are extortionists,' he told the Star.
* Attempting to extort $100,000 in campaign contributions from a racetrack owner by holding up legislation to help the horse racing industry;
The accused told cops that they used to extort money from the victims depending upon their financial status.
Patna: Police in Bihar are on the lookout for an alleged criminal who has tried to extort money from as many as 96 people using his email.
A BUSINESSMAN yesterday blamed dissident republican thugs for burning his car in a bid to extort money.
She said: "I am not the girl that came out and was al legedly trying to extort him.
Ronald, 53, of Upholland, Skelmersdale; Robert Graham, 57, of Ormskirk; and John Doyle, 61, of Ormskirk, all Lancashire; solicitor Calum Jones, 45, of Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, and solicitor David Boyce, 63, of Airdrie, Lanarkshire, deny conspiring to extort pounds 4.25million or, alternatively, attempting to extort the money.
The details emerged on the second day of the trial of five men accused of plotting to extort pounds 4.25m for the safe return of the painting.
Summary: A mistrial has been declared in the case of two people accused of trying to extort money from Hollywood actor John Travolta.
Tehran Deputy Prosecutor Hassan Haddad announced Saturday, "Security agents have recently arrested a group of six reporters who used sports journalism as a tool to extort money from soccer players as well as sports clubs." The reporters were not named.
A paramedic has been charged in connection with a plot to extort $25 million from Hollywood star John Travolta after the death of the actor's son, a senior police official announced.
POLICE in the Bahamas have arrested three people, including the former tourism minister, in connection with a plot to extort money from actor John Travolta after the death of his son.