Extortion and blackmail are similar in concept, but there are differences between the two. Extortion is a form of theft that occurs when an offender obtains money, property, or services from another person through coercion.
What is extortion? by FreeAdvice staff Extortion is a crime in which one person forces another person to do something against his will, generally to give up money or other property, by threat of violence, property damage, damage to the person’s reputation, or extreme financial hardship.
Extortion is generally punished by a fine or imprisonment, or both. When the offense is committed by a public officer, the penalty may include Forfeiture of office. Under some statutes, the victim of an extortion may bring a civil action and recover pecuniary damages.