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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Albanese (2012) Table 2: Shifts in Organized Crime Activity over Time Original Activity Modern Version Local numbers and lottery Internet gambling at gambling international sites outside national regulation Heroin, cocaine trafficking Synthetic drugs (less vulnerable to supply problems) Street prostitution Internet prostitution and trafficking in human beings Extortion of local businesses for Extortion of corporations, protection money kidnappings, piracy for profit Loansharking (exchanging money at Money laundering, precious interest rates above the rate stones, commodities permitted by law) Theft and fencing stolen property Theft of intellectual property, Internet scams, trafficking globally available goods (e.
By the 1950s, organized crime espoused loansharking en masse in major cities.
A mother of three from Merthyr Tydfil went into hiding more than two years ago after reporting members of her own family for loansharking.
The Court reviewed the extensive record that led Congress to conclude that loansharking had a close connection to organized crime and that the activity, in the aggregate, had widespread economic effects.
at 340-41 (detailing the unlawful search of Calandra's business by federal agents and their seizure of loansharking evidence which the grand jury later attempted to use as the basis for questioning).
Starting out as a common laborer, he eventually built a criminal operation that made a profit of $150 million a year from loansharking, extortion, narcotics, bookmaking, and labor racketeering.
Personally, I can't balance my checkbook, let alone evaluate a case against someone for loansharking.
And indeed, the Gambino and Bonano crime families were built on murder, loansharking, theft and violence - and their publics knew it.
Private actors may rely on vandalism or other forms of physical violence precisely because the underlying private-order arrangement conflicts with an established public norm, as, for example, when the underlying arrangement is a loansharking contract.
Those most likely to use such ciphers include criminals involved in clandestine activities that require incriminating records, such as drug trafficking, loansharking, and illegal bookmaking.
United States,(279) the Supreme Court upheld the regulation of intrastate loansharking because "[w]here the class of activities is regulated and that class is within the reach of federal power, the courts have no power `to excise, as trivial, individual instances' of the class.
Police yesterday searched the offices of a cardinal who is under investigation for loansharking, extortion and gangster links.