The Crime Of White Collar Crime

2571 Words Apr 28th, 2016 11 Pages
Crime is such a general word, and describes a whole conundrum of activities that are seen as unlawful. The oxford dictionary defines crime as “an action of omission which constitutes an offence and is punishable by law”. There are many different types of crimes, and they are classified based on the seriousness of the crime. Minor crimes/offences, for example a traffic offence, are called misdemeanors. More serious crimes, like murder, are called felonies and are punishable by more than a year in prison. When people hear the word crime, they most often associate it with a dangerous, violent act. There are crimes that are not violent in nature, but are still considered criminal acts because of their nature and their purpose. White-collar crime is one of those types of crimes that are non-violent but have a great impact on its victims.

What is White-Collar Crime?

White-collar crime is “generally identified as non-violent crimes that public officials and business people commit predominantly for their own personal gain”. Edwin Sutherland came up with the term “white-collar crime” to explain the crimes that both middle class and upper class people committed in the course of their business activities. White-collar crime is so often neglected as crime, that many people don’t even consider it as a crime until they are the victims. People don’t understand that the effects of white-collar crime are much higher than other crimes. If we look at it from a monetary perspective, the costs…
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