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Man Gets 7 Years In Mall Kiosk Extortion Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A California man has been sentenced in Las Vegas to more than seven years in prison after prosecutors say he attempted to extort money from owners of shopping mall kiosks.

The 38-year-old Moshe Barmuha of Studio City was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce and one count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering. Four co-defendants have already been sentenced.

Authorities say two men who owned electronics kiosks wanted to expand their business into cosmetics kiosks. They set up a partnership with one of the defendants in 2008, but later ended it, saying the man was cheating them.

Defendants including Barmuha are accused of threatening the kiosk operators after the dispute. One assaulted one of the businessmen, causing a serious head injury.

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