Extortion

Former City Official's Red Light Cameras Bribery Trial To StartJury selection in John Bills' trial gets underway Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Chicago U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon will be among the trial prosecutors.
Reputed Mobster Paul Carparelli’s Sentencing DelayedSentencing for a reputed member of the Cicero Street Crew has been delayed until February. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman told Paul Carparelli and his lawyers she wanted more time to review what she called a 2-foot-high stack of filings made by both the government and Carparelli’s supporters.
Suit Accuses Chicago, Cook County Cops Of Kidnapping Woman, Extorting Mother For GunsA federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s office by a woman who alleges officers kidnapped her daughter and extorted her into buying illegal guns for them.
How's Your Wife And Kids?: Pal Of Mobsters Convicted Of ExtortionProsecutors accused Michael "Mickey" Davis of ordering a “break-both-legs beating” for R.J. Serpico in 2013 to collect on his $300,000 loan to Serpico and his father. Eventually, prosecutors said, Davis paid a mob associate for Serpico’s “thorough” beating. The assault, though, never happened, thanks to the feds.
Former Chicago Police Officer Gets 1 Year In Tow Truck ScamFormer Chicago police officer Francis Zoller was sentenced to a year in prison Wednesday, after pleading guilty to fraud and extortion last year. He was charged with participating in an insurance fraud scheme involving a staged accident, in which he accepted a $2,000 bribe from a tow truck driver who was cooperating with the FBI.
Feds Accuse Alleged Extortionist Of Threatening WitnessFederal authorities want to lock up a defendant they say is an Outfit connected extortionist who just this week leveled a threat against a witness in the case against him.
Kesha, Producer Dr. Luke Trade Lawsuits Over Abuse ClaimsKesha and her mentor and producer filed dueling lawsuits Tuesday over the pop singer’s claims she was subjected to nearly a decade of sexual and emotional abuse.
Former Lyons Cop Gets 5 Years For ExtortionA former Lyons police officer has been sentenced to 5 years in prison, for using his badge to steal contraband cigarettes from dealers he was arresting.
Feds: Credit Card Fraud Boss Threatened Rival Would Be 'Cut Into Pieces'The alleged Chicago boss of an international credit card fraud racket has ties to organized crime in Bulgaria, kidnapped a man in Chicago and robbed him of $800,000, ordered a beating and warned a rival would be “cut into pieces,” feds say.
Feds: Ex-Cop Planned Murder With Meat Cleaver, Ambien, Torture ChamberFormer Chicago cop Steve Mandell and alleged accomplice Gary Engel aimed to pose as cops to abduct Riverside businessman Steve Campbell, tie him to a wheelchair, blindfold him, mutilate his genitals, then drug him with Ambien sleep pills and kill him, federal prosecutors said.
Trial Begins For Ex-Cop In Twisted Torture-Murder PlotFormer Chicago cop Steve Mandell and the key government witness who helped set him up are due to face each other across a packed courtroom Tuesday on the first day of what’s likely to be one of the wildest federal court cases Chicago has seen in years
Extortionists Target Family Of Area Man Who Disappeared In Costa RicaDavid Gimelfarb of Highland Park, 28, vanished in 2009, but his family won't give up hope.

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