Blackmail and Bribery

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A person may blackmail or bribe another in several instances. For example, a person may blackmail a public official, or a witness in a criminal trial. These crimes can have serious consequences, such as hefty fines or jail time.

  • ContentBlackmail - When Do Police Investigate?

    Blackmail may happen in a few instances: when one person engages in blackmail against a public official, or when a person uses blackmail to influence others into some sort of intended action. For victims of blackmail, getting the police to investigate may not be so easy.

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  • ContentBlackmail or Extortion - What to Do When Police Refuse to Get Involved?

    When the police do not become involved in a matter of blackmail or extortion, the situation normally includes issues between two parties that are not public officials. However, even as the criminal matter may require justice, the target could recover monetarily through a lawsuit against the blackmailer with the help of a lawyer.

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  • ContentBlackmail, Bribery, and Extortion - Similarities & Differences

    White-collar crimes generally possess various similarities that may lead to one taking the place of another or where one action too much could slip into a different crime. It is the differences that set them apart and provide law enforcement with the ability to charge the person with an illegal act individual from others.

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  • ContentSomeone Is Trying to Blackmail Me, What Can I Do?

    Blackmail is a term often thrown around somewhat loosely. Often it is used to mean that someone is making you do something you would prefer not to. That is not technically the definition of blackmail. True blackmail is a serious crime. It can have devastating financial and social consequences, subjecting the victim to intense psychological trauma. That is why it is important to know that if blackmail is happening now, or has happened in the past, there are things you can do about it.

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  • ContentWhat Is Blackmail?

    Blackmail is characterized as a crime and in some cases a tort that involves revealing personal information about someone as a threat or threatening other conduct to get the person to do something that the offender wants completed. Like extortion, blackmail seeks to remove a person’s free will to conduct some action. Committing black mail can carry significant criminal and civil consequences.

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  • ContentWhen Is Blackmail Considered a White-Collar Crime?

    The act of blackmailing someone may involve various actions by the perpetrator which could include the intimidation, embarrassment, loss, or an injury to the victim. For the matter to be considered a white-collar crime, the person initiating the illegal action usually must include someone in a position of power that generally involves a business or job-related matter.

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  • ContentHiring Children of Foreign Officials May Expose Bank to Bribery Charges

    America's largest banking institution is facing charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for a practice of hiring the children of foreign officials. The case will test how broadly the federal law can be applied to practices as common as hiring an influential person's children in order to gain a small advantage in negotiations.

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  • ContentWhite Collar Crimes of Blackmail, Bribery and Extortion

    The difference between blackmail, bribery and extortion are significant in the state committed and how the local state government punishes the criminal that commits the crime. An overview of each illegal activity is important for both understanding how they could affect the perpetrator as well as defending against the charges.

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  • ContentWhat Happens If I Bribe a Cop or Prosecutor?

    Corruption cases are rife with cops taking bribes or prosecutors given favors to certain individuals for other favors or a significant amount of money. Depending on the situation and the specific cop or prosecuting lawyer, the bribe is either a criminal offense that leads to an arrest and a court date or participation in illegal behavior.

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