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# Extortion

Last year
French footballer Pogba's brother charged in extortion case
Paul Pogba had filed a complaint with Turin prosecutors in July, saying he was the target of a €13 million blackmail plot.
All time
Seven men arrested by gardaí in Cavan extortion plot released without charge
Searches led to the discovery of a number of firearms and ammunition.
People warned not to fall for sextortion scam as criminals 'view pandemic as opportunity'
There has been an increase in the number of online scams reported during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Two men arrested suspected of extorting builders in Limerick city
Gardaí received a report of men demanding money in return for minding the building site in the evenings.
'I wasn't aware of it': Tánaiste denies knowing protection money was being paid to criminals on construction sites
The High Court heard that criminals extorted money from companies, including one building houses for Dublin City Council.
Two people released following arrests in Sligo over illegal money lending
A man, woman and teenage girl were arrested today.
Man with intellectual disabilities loses control of income after spending money on dating sites
The man’s food and rent bills have fallen into arrears by almost €2,000.
People are joining Isis because they're desperate for money...
Many Syrians who join the so-called Islamic State do so because they are starving according to one defector.
Fake reporter threatened to put sex offender “beside Larry Murphy” in newspaper
31-year-old John Murphy pretended to be a journalist to extort money from an elderly sex offender.
Ever take a 'sensitive' photo of yourself? You could be at risk of sextortion
Faceless criminals are using young peoples’ personal images to extort money from them and the FBI want it to stop.
Nigerian gang blackmailed teen who took his own life
Ronan Hughes was tricked into sending explicit photos of himself which the scammers threatened to send to his Facebook friends.
Blackmailers jailed after claiming to be from the UVF to extort 'drug money'
They called innocent people saying they were being targeted by the UVF for being involved in drugs.
Faustino Asprilla forced to flee Colombia after gang's death threats
‘I’m forced to leave by the back door of my own town,’ said the former Newcastle United striker.
How many small businesses have been victims of crime?
Small Firms Association says the cost and rate of crime against business is on the rise.
Column: The two sides of bitcoin – is this virtual currency a boon or a threat?
Despite being the darling of the tech frontier, surely we can now see that the red flags being waved around this “currency” are far from virtual, writes Peter Casey.
Mexico captures boss of vicious Zetas drug cartel
Miguel Angel Trevino has been described as a brutal killer who liked to “stew” his enemies by plunging them in containers of oil and fuel that he would then set alight.
Online sexual predators increasingly using blackmail and threats against children
Online predators using the internet to gain access to young victims are increasingly using blackmail, extortion and aggression in their approaches.
Dutch Heineken kidnapper 'The Nose' arrested for extortion
Willem Holleeder is best known for securing a €15 million ransom after abducting Freddy Heineken thirty years ago.
Whitney Houston's FBI file uncovers alleged extortion attempt
The 128-page file also details FBI investigations into threats allegedly made against the singer.
EU law to change to guard against 'predatory' directory ad scams
Small business owner are targeted by companies presenting misleading ad contracts and charging up to €5k a year.
Two due to appear in court in Cavan over alleged extortion
Both men were arrested yesterday in connection with an alleged extortion attempt in Co Monaghan.
Two men arrested over alleged extortion
The men were arrested in Dundalk this morning.
Stevie Wonder's nephew and woman charged with attempted extortion
The couple have been accused of plotting to extort millions of dollars from the singer.
Crime costs for small businesses increasing - survey
Reported crimes – in all forms – have increased over the past two years despite over €2 billion being spent on security measures.
Brazilian police suspected of 30 murders
Law enforcement officials say they believe that former or current officers used a recent strike as an opportunity to carry out executions.
Man planned to abduct and electrocute a former lawyer - and blame his cat
American investigators say the man borrowed elements of his plan from a television show and wanted authorities to believe the victim’s cat was the culprit of the crime.
Australian teen 'relieved' at hoax collar bomb arrest
Police spent ten hours removing the device, which turned out not to have any explosives in it, from the neck of 18-year-old Sydney girl Madeleine Pulver.
Bomb chained around Sydney teenager's neck 'was an elaborate hoax'
Police said they believe the fake ‘collar bomb’ was part of an extortion attempt on the family of Madeleine Pulver, 18.
Sydney teenager successfully freed from ‘bomb collar’
The 18-year-old girl, who is understood to be from one of Australia’s wealthiest families, has been reunited with her parents after the device was safety removed from her neck.
Robberies, extortion and hijacking up 28%
Cases of robbery, extortion and hijacking have risen significantly in comparison with last year – however cases of dangerous driving have decreased.
Pubs paying €1,000 a month to dissidents, claims RIRA member
Report this morning claims dissident extortion racket going on in Dublin.
Charges dropped in John Travolta extortion case
Actor said a second trial focusing on the death of his son would be too difficult for his family.