Definition - What does Extortion mean?

Extortion is when a person obtains property from another person by implying a threat of force, or through intimidation. Extortion is commonly done by officials, who attempt to make it seem like they are acting in accordance with the law.

Those found guilty of the crime of extortion can face jail time or other criminal sentences.

Justipedia explains Extortion

An example of extortion would be if an employee at the IRS called a person, and lied and said that they owed $3,000 immediately, or their bank accounts would be frozen. This would also be an example of how people in positions of authority can manipulate others through extortion.

Extortion is very similar to blackmail. What distinguishes the two crimes is that extortion is usually associated with officials, or people who hold public jobs, and blackmail is usually associated with ordinary citizens.

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