I have someone who used to work for me. He claims that unless I pay him $120000 he is going to make private information public. Is this blackmail?

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I have someone who used to work for me. He claims that unless I pay him $120000 he is going to make private information public. Is this blackmail?

He claims that some personal information he has on my and on my dad will be made public and he will riun me, my dad and my company. He says that we owe hims some money for work performed even though when he did the work we agreed it was free. Now he wants money or he is going to “sue” us and make public some personal and private information.If I pay him what he wants he will leave us alone. I just want to know if this is blackmail.

Asked on May 10, 2009 under Criminal Law, Missouri

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

Yup, he just committed a felony.  You need to immediately contact the police, explain the situation and see if a sting operation can be conducted wherein you are pretending to comply and they the police will arrest him.  If you don't want to tackle alone, call a lawyer in your state to help you through this. Try www.attorneypages.com or the Missouri State Bar.

Here is the law:

 http://www.moga.mo.gov/STATUTES/C570.HTM

http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C500-599/5700000150.HTM

http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C500-599/5640000011.HTM

https://criminal-law.freeadvice.com/violent_crimes/extortion.htm


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