What is extortion?
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What is extortion?
An individual is trying to demand money from me for a bill that belongs to herself. It pretains to a pottybelly pig being spayed. This is her vet bill, as I only foster the pig, and am not obligated to pay for any vet bills. When the pig is adopted then I am to be reimbursed for all expenses I put out to take of the animal. She is demanding money by 04/15 to be paid to her or she said she would take further action. I want to take her to court for extortion.
Asked on March 23, 2011 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania
M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 10 years ago | Contributor
Extortion is a "theft" offense. The legal definition of extortion is is purposely obtaining property of another by threatening them is some way by force or violence or fear or by using their "official" capacity (like a police officer). Now, what she is doing may fall under the issue of "fear" of being sued. Ir is there is some information that she has that she intends to make public and that information will cause you some sort of embarrassment or harm then that is known as blackmail. I would consult with an attorney in your area on he matter here but really, if you have a contract for what you are claiming is your relationship and her obligations are clearly stated in there you can just say to her demands "see you in court!" Good luck.
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