Extortion; person who extorts money, etc., by threatening to report another as illegally present. (HB1841)

Introduced By

Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Extortion; civil action; destroying, etc., passport. Provides that a person who extorts money, property, or pecuniary benefit from any person by threatening to report another as being illegally present in the United States, or knowingly destroys, conceals, removes, confiscates, withholds or threatens to withhold, or possesses any passport, immigration document, or other government identification document is liable to that person for damages in the amount of $10,000 or three times the amount of actual damages, whichever is greater, and the costs of suit, including reasonable attorney fees. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090661520
01/12/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/19/2009Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
02/10/2009Left in Courts of Justice


Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The Virginia Interfaith Center supports this bill.

CG2 Consulting, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

There is already a criminal statute that prohibits extorting something of value from a person by threatening to report their immigration status. Unfortunately, the criminal sentencing guidelines often mean that a person convicted of this crime receives minimum penalties. This bill would give the victim of such extortion the right to sue in civil court for damages.

Alice Foltz writes:

Amendment would be helpful: after "property" insert "services," to include those persons who are imported and held in virtual slavery.