Latest Extortion and threats News

Man accused of making racist threats pleads not guilty

Oct. 16, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The white man accused of cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia has pleaded not guilty. The Daily Progress reports that 31-year-old Daniel McMahon entered his plea Wednesday in federal court in Charlottesville. McMahon was indicted last...

Man charged with sending white powder to dating website CEO

Oct. 11, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with sending threatening letters and white powder to the CEO of a dating website that had banned him has been sentenced to two years' probation. Liam MacLeod, of Beverly, was sentenced Thursday. Federal prosecutors say the 48-year-old MacLeod sent an envelope...

Once wealthy Mexican state plagued by killings, extortion

Oct. 9, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Business and church leaders say they are being hit by a wave of extortion demands by criminal gangs in Mexico's north-central state of Guanajuato, which was recently considered a Mexican success story for attracting high-tech manufacturing investment, including five auto assembly plants....

Federal prosecutors turn over evidence in corruption case

Oct. 8, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have unveiled the extent of their case against a long-time Chicago alderman facing federal racketeering and other charges. In a hearing Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Robert Dow, prosecutors said they have given more than 40,000 pages and 100 discs of evidence to...

Feds: Mob bullies spoke of plot to fix college hoops game

Oct. 3, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities bringing a racketeering indictment against purported members of a New York City organized crime family say their tactics are reminiscent of playground bullies. Federal prosecutors say 11 Colombo members or associates are among 20 people charged Thursday with extortion,...

Sheriff: Armed girl threatened to kill boy over crush

Oct. 2, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a girl brought two kitchen knives to her elementary school and threatened to kill a boy who had a crush on another girl. Citing a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report, The Island Packet reports the knives were found in the girl's backpack...

2 arrested, accused of making threats against middle school

Oct. 1, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two students accused of threatening to shoot people at a middle school in Florida have been arrested. News outlets report a 13-year-old and 14-year-old said on social media that they planned to bring guns to Howard D. McMillan Middle School in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday. Parents were seen...

Prosecutors want 10 months for man who threatened newspaper

Oct. 1, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending that the California man who threatened to kill employees of The Boston Globe be sentenced to 10 months in prison. In a Monday court filing, prosecutors also recommended that Robert Chain pay the Globe more than $16,000, the amount the newspaper spent on...

State protects abusers, women harassed in public jobs say

Sep. 29, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — He was accused of calling his female co-workers "whores," grabbing one woman's head and forcing it between his legs, threatening another with sexual assault and exposing himself in the office. Now, more than a year after he was suspended, Chad Dominie may be returning to work as an...

Man who threatened to kill women says he was lonely

Sep. 27, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man serving prison time after posting a Facebook message threatening to kill "as many girls as I see" told a parole board he was extremely lonely after going to a sporting event and seeing people in happy relationships. Christopher W. Cleary told a Utah parole board Tuesday that he...