I am living with a woman who has threatened to tell my children some personal information unless I pay her $28,000.00 ! She says the amount represents the amount she spent on me in our three years together YET there is no proof of it AND I never asked her to spend one red dime on me ! IF I continue to live with her, I owe her nothing she says. Is this extortion or blackmail ? What can I do ?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): New Jersey
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Under New Jersey statute Section 2c:20-5, it can be considered extortion where coercion is used to make a victim tranfer their property (such as your money) and threatens to expose or publicize any secret or any asserted fact which tends to subject any person to hatred, contempt, ridicule or impair his credit or business repute. If this is the type of information they intend to expose then yes, that could be considered extortion. How you choose to handle it is up to you. You may find that the mere threat of reporting the matter to the police has the effect of getting them to stop the behavior. If she continues to make the threat, you may want to file a police report.
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