| Oct 8, 2014
| 3:45 PM
Two men were convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to commit extortion for their roles in the hiring of tough guys who used intimidation, threats and violence to collect debts allegedly on behalf of a suburban printing company executive.
| Sep 30, 2014
| 8:04 AM
After two men spent all their money on drugs and alcohol, they tried to devise a kidnapping plan for some quick cash — $100, according to a Boynton Beach police arrest report.
The ill-fated ransom exchange happened Sunday across the street from...
| May 28, 2014
| 8:31 AM
As the final days of the state Legislature’s spring session wind down, lame duck state Rep. Derrick Smith finds himself in a federal courtroom in Chicago today as his scheduled trial gets underway on charges of bribery and extortion.
| May 12, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The scent of limes in the air, Papa Pitufo shouted orders to his men and consulted by cellphone with his far-flung forces.
The gray-bearded farmer has emerged as the senior leader of the vigilante movement that has taken over a large swath of wealthy...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 12:02 PM
A woman accused of falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted and tortured by a Saudi sheik's son in Los Angeles was charged Monday with conspiracy to extort one of the wealthiest men in Saudi Arabia of $20 million, prosecutors said.
Leyla Ors, a 34-...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 1:28 PM
A woman accused of falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted and tortured by the son of a Saudi sheik pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiring to extort $20 million from the man's family.
Two attorneys, one of them once connected to...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 6:06 PM
After serving eight months in federal custody for his role in a towing scandal, former Baltimore police officer David Reeping is fighting to get his job back.
Reeping contends that investigators used him as a scapegoat to avoid accusations of racial...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 4:34 PM
Howard County police have charged a 21-year-old Virginia woman with running a door-to-door solicitation scam in Ellicott City this month.
Tabitha Nicole Sisk, 21, of Gladstone, Va., is accused of extortion, drug possession and making a false statement...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 7:49 PM
A reputed member of an Outfit-connected drug ring charged with robbing cartel stash houses also is charged with federal extortion in the beating of a McHenry County man who owed him money and allegedly paying an associate to torch the man's house and car....
| Jun 21, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Claudia Sanchez crouched on a grassy slope alongside the railroad tracks, breast-feeding her 10-month-old daughter, Heather.
It had already been a long journey from Honduras to central Mexico, clinging with her baby to the top of a rickety train. They...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 5:00 PM
The case against state Rep. Derrick Smith might have seemed like a slam dunk since he was caught on undercover recordings accepting a $7,000 kickback, admitted to the FBI that he took the bribe and even showed them where he’d stashed some of the...