White Collar Crimes

The term white collar crime was coined by Professor Edwin Hardin Sutherland in 1939. He defined white collar crime as “crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in course of his occupation.” While Sutherland intended the term to delineate different classes of offender, the term has come to identify crimes committed by business persons, con-artists and public officials and encompasses non-violent offenses that have fraud, dishonesty and deceit as their central element. The term white collar crime itself is not a chargeable offense, but rather a umbrella term that encompasses crimes that include bank, credit card, health care, securities and insurance fraud, forgery, passing worthless checks, and money laundering. These crimes may also include computer and/or internet theft and fraud.

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