Mulct: As a noun, a mulct is a fine, a tax, or a penalty.  As a verb, to mulct is to take something of value by fraud or deceit.  

Mulct is from the Latin word for penalty: mulcta.

Got mulcted?  If so, someone took your money.  And, the money they took?  That’s also mulct.  With inflation this high, we are likely all feeling a little mulcted these days. 

Synonyms: deceive, defraud, fine, fleece, penalize, swindle