A White Collar Criminal 's Social Position Should Not Determine The Length, Term And Type Of Punishment

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Information Should Set You Free A white-collar criminal’s social position should not determine the length, term and type of punishment. The circumstance and type of white-collar crime should influence state and federal officials on the punishment. Some high profile crimes have been thoroughly planned and taken years or decades to execute. More than likely, the people that have planned and executed these crimes can detect the patterns and signs of similar crimes when presented with information or evidence of suspected illegal activities. Frank Abagnale, the subject of the popular movie "Catch Me if You Can", is an example of a high profile criminal that was able to use his "talents" of check fraud and money laundering to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to identify similar criminal activities. According to the FBI, the term white-collar crimes is “now synonymous with the full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals. These crimes are typically characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and are not dependent on the application or threat of physical force or violence. The motivation behind these crimes is financial. Typically these crimes try to obtain or avoid losing money, property, or services or to secure a personal or business advantage. Numerous white-collar crimes are committed by people holding top positions in the corporate and in the political world. Many times status and money has kept these criminals

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