Massachusetts General law Chapter 265, Section 25 governs extortion. The law states as follows:



Section 25. "Whoever, verbally or by a written or printed communication, maliciously threatens to accuse another of a crime or offence, or by a verbal or written or printed communication maliciously threatens an injury to the person or property of another, or any police officer or person having the powers of a police officer, or any officer, or employee of any licensing authority who verbally or by written or printed communication maliciously and unlawfully uses or threatens to use against another the power or authority vested in him, with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage, or with intent to compel any person to do any act against his will..."



Extortion is a criminal offense whereby an individual obtains property or money by any type of force and threats of 1) violence, 2) property damage, 3) harm to reputation, or 4) unfavorable government action. While usually viewed as a form of theft/larceny, extortion differs from robbery in that the threat in question does not pose an imminent physical danger to the victim. Extortion involves the victim's consent, but the way in which it is gained is unlawful, and therefore the entire act is considered a crime.



Extortion is often considered a white collar crime because it is committed in a business or other professional situation. Blackmail is a common method of extortion. Ransom is another type of extortion. Extortion is considered a felony crime punishable by jail time, heavy fines, and more.






The penalty for extortion is imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 15 years, or in the house of correction for not more than 2 1/2 years, or by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars, or both."




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